Bradley Beal is having to learn how to run all over again, and that is as hard to grasp as his third stress reaction to his same leg in his third NBA season. Beal, who didn't practice Monday, believes he's closer to returning than not but there's still no date or timetable. "A few days ago I was going through a lot of drills on the floor, running and jumping a little bit," Beal said of what he did Saturday before the team left to play the Detroit Pistons. "It felt pretty good. There's no soreness. It's just a matter of time now. "With an injury like this it's really hard to tell. It's always going to be point tender. Even my wrist is still point tender. There's like a bone messed up there's always going to be point tenderness. It's just a matter of being comfortable with it now. We're just trying to fix stuff mechanically of how I move and we're going from there. So far so good." Beal hasn't played since Feb. 5, when he left a game at the Charlotte Hornets with an "inflamed" big right toe. He'd been playing through the injury and it apparently led to the stress reaction, a dark spot that's a precursor to a fracture, on his right fibula. It's the smaller, non-weight bearing bone in his lower leg. "This time they though since my toe flared up it effected my leg because I compensated the weight elsewhere," Beal said. "It's just a matter of me, like a baby, got to crawl before I walk." This dark spot, however, is at least smaller than the previous two stress reactions. The first one prematurely ended his rookie season -- and that one developed because he was playing through sprained ankles -- and he wasn't cleared for basketball-activities until months later. The second one happened early last season and he missed nine games and came back on a minutes restriction. The standard protocol for Beal with this injury is being eased back into doing more each day, testing his leg afterwards to make sure there are no setbacks and continuing the process until he can fully practice again. Once he does that, and his tests come back clean, he'll be able to play. A minutes restriction seems logical, but given that this stress reaction is the smallest of the three Beal hopes to dodge that. "I don't think so. I talked to the trainer but we don't know," said Beal, who was kept to 30 minutes or less until the very end of last season and sat out the end of fourth quarters and overtimes. "At the same time it'll be up to coach Witt and what he wants to do as well and the docs. You know me, I hate minutes restriction. We'll see."
Bradley Beal plans to make changes to avoid another stress injury
CSN Washington | Feb 23