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Bradley Beal tweaks left ankle in practice

(Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

The last thing the Wizards want or need these days is another injury. That much is certain given that they’re already without John Wall (left knee), Nene (plantar fasciitis) and Kevin Seraphin (right calf).

So when highly touted rookie Bradley Beal fell Monday afternoon at Verizon Center, having twisted his left ankle during five-on-five drills and yelped out in pain, a hush fell over the practice.

After being tended to by Wizards head athletic trainer Eric Waters, Beal stood and tried to shake off the pain but was walking with a noticeable limp. He headed to the locker room under his own power as practice wrapped up.

Coach Randy Wittman sounded rather optimistic that the 19-year-old shooting guard avoided any significant harm.

“He just kind of tweaked his ankle. Didn’t step on it, just kind of rolled it over,” Wittman said. “He got up and put weight on it right away, so that was a good sign.”

Once they saw Beal gather himself and walk off the court on his own, the rest of the Wizards didn’t seem overly concerned about his health either.

“He’s 19,” forward Brian Cook said with a smile. “I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

In other injury news, Wittman said that Seraphin is “making good progress” with the strained right calf muscle that has sidelined him since the Wizards’ preseason win over Cleveland on Oct. 13. Witman said, though, that he didn’t necessarily expect the 6-foot-9 forward/center to appear in either of the final two preseason contests at Miami or San Antonio.

“I can’t say,” Wittman said when asked about Seraphin’s status for the remaining exhibition games. “That’s one of those things that can continue to make strides in a day or two but then it could be a week or two. It’s one of those things. Calf, hamstring, any kind of muscle injury you just don’t know until it runs it course.”




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