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Friday, October 17, 2014

Wizards Injury Update: Bradley Beal undergoes surgery, will miss about 6 weeks

By on 10/17/2014 07:07:00 AM

Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards’ promising young shooting guard out of Florida, has broken his wrist. The injury occurred during Washington’s preseason game this past Friday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Hornets’ rookie PJ Hairston fouled Beal late in the second quarter of the contest and Beal proceeded to make the two ensuing free throws, but left the court following the next possession. The injury comes at a bad time for the Wizards, with what appears to be a lack of strength within the Eastern conference this season. The estimated recovery time was revealed to be 6-8 weeks, but Beal will look to begin working out within the next two weeks, as reported by the Wizards' official twitter feed.
 Beal emerged as a top shooting guard in the league last year, posting per game averages of 17.1 points per game and 3.3 assists per game. A three-point percentage of 40.2% placed him within the top 20 for qualified shooters, and his efficiency with backcourt mate John Wall made many believe that Beal had room to improve his shooting percentage even more.
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While only 21, Beal’s improvement last year coupled with his emergence in the playoffs has presented him high expectations for his third year in the league. Fans will have to wait until the beginning of December to see if he meets the lofty goals though, because of the two month estimated recovery time. Martell Webster and Summer League star Glen Rice Jr. are the most likely beneficiaries of Beal’s injury.

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