Wizards hold back Beal; Nene practices some

Wizards hold back Beal; Nene practices some
December 12, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Martell Webster took another step forward Thursday -- and Nene his first -- and could be back from their injuries soon as the Wizards have a back-to-back set starting Friday at the Atlanta Hawks and vs. the Los Angeles Clippers at Verizon Center on Saturday.

Webster (left ankle) practiced fully, his second consecutive day, since going down a week ago with a sprain. Nene, who left in the same game as Webster with recurring right foot soreness, practiced some. Bradley Beal (lower right leg) practiced partially for the second day in a row, but the team didn't increase his activity as it opted to be safe. Neither Webster nor Beal had any issues with soreness.

It all adds up to Webster playing Friday, Nene possibly has a shot at play Saturday and Beal won't be ready until next week at the earliest.

"Brad did a little bit, about the same as yesterday," coach Randy Wittman said. "He did a little contact in half-court, but that was it. Nene did a little work. Not as much as Brad did but a little work so that was a little positive. He's got to make the determination on how he feels ... It's going to be his decision, how he feels going forward."

Given this is Beal's second stress injury to the same bone in in his leg in eight months, the Wizards are careful not to get too giddy about his progress. He could've done more but what's the rush? 

"It was more of let's give it another day of the same thing. If it's fine we'll look to amp it up, get him a good workout tomorrow in shootaround, and after shootaround see how that goes."