Beal still not in clear from stress injury

Beal still not in clear from stress injury
May 20, 2013, 6:00 pm
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The time is up for Bradley Beal to resume basketball-related activities, but he has yet to be cleared by the Wizards.

Beal will be the franchise’s representative at the NBA Draft Lottery in New York on Tuesday, when they find out where they’ll be picking in the draft. The Wizards have a 3.5% chance of landing the No. 1 overall selection.

Beal, who was chosen third last year, ended his rookie season on the injured list with a stress injury to his right fibula, the small bone in his lower leg. He is supposed to abstain from activities for six weeks (42 days). Monday marks the 48th. 

The Wizards’ athletic trainers must clear him first but they have not, a team official told CSN Washington. Beal is staying in his hometown of St. Louis since the season ended, but he was in Washington last week. 

Beal was declared out for the season after April 2, when he shot 3-for-11 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls. It was common knowledge that Beal was playing through a left ankle sprain.

But as CSN Washington was first to report March 5, Beal also had a high right ankle sprain that contributed to his season-ending injury.

In playing 56 games, Beal averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest. He missed time for a right (shooting) wrist sprain, had a bruised tailbone and had to get dental surgery to repair cracked front teeth.

Beal likely will be asked to play on the Wizards’ summer league team in July in Las Vegas. The roster will be finalized after the June 27 NBA draft.