December 18, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) lays on the ground after getting his shot blocked by Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (not pictured) at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bradley Beal sidelined with stress injury in right fibula

As former Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders once said, “Don’t think it can’t get any worse.”

The Wizards were finally starting to get healthy with Otto Porter, Chris Singleton and Trevor Ariza returning to practice, but now they have to endure this Bradley Beal injury news. After complaining about some soreness in his right leg, Beal got an MRI on Monday and the results weren’t pretty.

The Washington Wizards announced today that guard Bradley Beal has been diagnosed with a stress injury to his proximal right fibula. He will miss the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated. The injury was diagnosed by team doctors following an MRI exam on Monday after Beal experienced soreness in his right leg.

-via Washington Wizards official press release

Beal has been playing at an All-Star level right from the get-go, leading the Wizards in scoring at nearly 21 points per game, but most importantly he was blossoming into the player we all knew he could become. Although this could potentially become just a minor setback for Beal this season, given that he may miss just 6 games in the upcoming 2 weeks, the Wizards will have to find a way to replace his production.

Starting Martell Webster at shooting guard could possibly do the trick, but Washington’s already awful bench would suffer the consequences. Despite that fact, I think Randy Wittman will opt to start Webster in Beal’s place. Bradley Beal had led the league in minutes prior to his injury, even though he suffered a similar injury this past season. Washington’s bench has been dreadful, but there’s no reason for Wittman to run Beal into the ground. After all, longevity is much more important than playing a 20-year old coming off a similar stress injury.

Let’s hope Beal will respond well to the rest.

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