Dwyane Wade Injury: Updates on Miami Heat Star's Foot

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 14, 2012

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade suffered a sprain in his left foot, and it may keep him out of Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 12:25 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Good news out of Miami, as Wade is expected to play for the Heat on Wednesday night, according to Shandel Richardson of the Florida Sun Sentinel

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Wade was listed as “day-to-day” after missing the two previous games with a sore left foot, but was able to participate in the morning shootaround.

The Heat haven't missed Wade too much, as they have won the two games that he has been out. They played Denver and Phoenix, so it wasn;t like they needed Wade to get by in those games. 



UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12:40 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Dwyane Wade appears to be ready to return to the court for the Miami Heat. 

The Palm Beach Post's Ethan J. Skolnick reported the following via Twitter:

Wade went through all of practice. No soreness.

— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) November 20, 2012

The Heat are hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night and Wade's presence would greatly improve their chances to improve to 9-3 on the season. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The Heat will have to play another game without injured superstar Dwyane Wade. 

The team reported via Twitter that the shooting guard will not be available tonight against the Phoenix Suns. 

#HEATgame: Dwyane Wade will not play in tonight's game. LeBron James and Mario Chalmers will both give it a go!

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 18, 2012

While the team would prefer to have Wade on the court, asking LeBron James to take on more responsibility is the best backup plan any NBA team could hope for. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8:36 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

With his play obviously hampered by a lingering foot injury, the Miami Heat have announced that Dwyane Wade will not play Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets, according to the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds:


Heat announce Dwyane Wade not playing tonight.

— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 16, 2012


Wade's absence means Miami will have to rely more than ever on LeBron James. Yeah, something tells me the Heat will do just fine in the short term.


UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports Wade's foot injury flared up during the team's loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night, putting his status for tonight's matchup with the Nuggets in jeopardy.

Dwyane Wade aggravated his left foot injury Wednesday night. He's not sure of his status for Thursday game in Denver.

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 15, 2012

The Heat aren't going to take an unnecessary risks with one of their stars, so he'll probably sit out if the foot isn't feeling better after testing it before the game.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9:59 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Wade will play Wednesday night versus the Los Angeles Clippers:

Heat guard @dwyanewade is playing tonight.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 15, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9:05 p.m. EST

Wade's status is still up in the air, but according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel, it would be a surprise if the dynamic shooting guard suited up:

Wade getting Xrays at 6:30 Pacific. Can't see him playing .

— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 15, 2012

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ESPN's Brian Windhorst tweeted out this update. 

Dwyane Wade gametime decision tonight vs. Clippers with left foot sprain. Off to get x-rays now.

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 14, 2012

Injuries are nothing new to Wade. His aggressive, high-flying play often results in him getting banged up.

The fact that it is a foot injury is slightly concerning. Those can be tricky. They can linger and are easily re-aggravated. However, it would appear that Wade is not in this position.

The fact that Wade, 30, is a game-time decision is a great sign for his health. There is absolutely no reason for Wade to be rushed back from anything. The defending champions are 6-2 and off to a great start. A season in the NBA is a long grind as the Heat know, and they aren't likely to throw Wade back on the court if there was anything seriously wrong with their star. 

Another thing that may factor into whether Wade plays on Wednesday is that the game against the Clippers is the first of a back-to-back—the Heat will travel to Denver to play the Nuggets on Thursday. 

They will then get a day off before travelling to Phoenix to take on the Suns on Saturday. 

Wade's presence would definitely be missed. While his averages in rebounds and points are slightly down from last year, it's early in the season, and he is still highly productive. He is averaging 18.4 points per game while shooting 49.5 percent from the field. 

Hopefully, this exciting star will be back on the court soon.