Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr. on injured hip: ‘It still hurts’

October 19, 2013

(Associated Press)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Washington Wizards will soon get updates of the progress of both rookie Otto Porter Jr. and Chris Singleton when the two injured forwards visit with team doctors upon their return to Washington. Both players have been unable to participate in practice since training camp began three weeks ago.

Porter shot three-pointers with his teammates after practice Saturday but continues to be limited with a strained right hip flexor. The Wizards originally listed Porter as day-to-day but Coach Randy Wittman said he hasn’t been able to play since suffering the injury on Sept. 14. There is now no timetable for his return but Porter is hoping for some good news with his doctor visit.

“Just to make sure nothing is out of whack,” Porter said. “It still hurts. I’ve got to heal. It’s not healed yet. That’s the only thing keeping me from getting out there on the court. I just got to rest and take time to heal.”

Walking off the practice court while carrying a few of his teammates’ shoes to the locker room, Porter said he is still trying to stay upbeat while he waits to get back into action. “It’s going pretty good. Still got time left. A lot of time.”

Singleton has been sidelined for the past four weeks with a Jones fracture in his left foot. The third-year forward has been able to do stand-still set shots and light drills in sneakers but after his workouts still moves with the assistance of a crutch to keep from applying to much pressure on the foot.

“Coming on along good,” Coach Randy Wittman said of Singleton. “He’s going to see if there is more he can begin to do.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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