Bullet forward Mitch Kupchak will have the cast removed from his ailing Achilles' tendon today but will not play in Wednesday's game at Milwaukee.
Kupchak has missed the last two Bullet contests. The club hopes that he will be ready to join his teammates Sunday for the start of a five-game swing from Philadelphia to the West Coast.
A team spokesman said that Kupchak will undergo treatments the rest of the week on the tendon, which started hurting Jan. 23.
"Dr. (Stanford) Lavine thinks that if the treatments go okay, Mitch should be able to make the West Coast trip," the spokesman said.
Kupchak warmed up for last Thursday's game at San Antonio, but did not play. He said the tendon was so sore "I can't really run on it anymore." He was placed in the cast on Friday in Washington.
Kupchak said Lavine has assured him "that even if I play on it, I can't snap the tendon. But it is bothering me and I figure with a week's rest, I can cure it, instead of having it affect me the rest of the season."
Wes Unseld (ankle) and Kevin Grevy (hamstring), the other two ailing Bullets, are expected to make the one-game trip to Milwaukee.