John Wall Injury: Updates on Wizards Star's Recovery from Knee Injury

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2012

Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall is taking longer than originally projected to recover from offseason knee injury after suffering a stress injury in his left knee.

UPDATE: Thursday, January 10 at 8:37 a.m. ET

Great news for Wizards fans and fantasy owners as John Wall (knee) expects to make his season debut Saturday as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks in practice prior to the game, according to Washington Post's Michael Lee.

Wall is edging closer to putting on his No. 2 jersey soon and said that he plans to be back on court against Atlanta on Saturday if he can make it through this week without having any setbacks or extreme pain in his left knee. He returned to practice last week and said that he hasn’t had any complications moving around as he did before. 
'I’m good, I’m just tired right now,' Wall said. 'I’m just working my way back in shape and just excited and happy to be back out there with my teammates and go through a full practice without no pain and just see how I feel. … Hopefully everything will keep going well so I can be back out there with my team on Saturday.' 
Coach Randy Wittman said he wouldn’t put Wall back on the court until he gets the proper approval from the Wizards’ medical and training staff.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, January 9 at 1pm ET

Great news for Wizards fans as John Wall (knee) prepares for a return to game action this month, the star PG is practicing in full today, according to CSN Washington's Chris Miller.

John Wall is practicing in full today. He's also wearing Adidas shoes now that Reebok is out of the hoops shoe game.…

— Chris Miller (@cmillscsn) January 9, 2013

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 27 at 10:38 a.m. ET

Great news for Wizards fans and fantasy owners as John Wall (knee) is targeting a January return, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

'My timetable is some time in January,' Wall told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night. 'The way I am feeling with no pain, working out and doing it three [days straight] and it has no pain, I'm feeling good. I feel like I am taking the right steps and I haven't had no pain the last couple of days after workouts.'

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 18 at 11 a.m. ET

John Wall recently opened up about his rehab. Washington Post's Michael Lee has the latest.

Wall wants to be on the court helping his team win games, but when the risk of playing includes the possibility of ruining his career, there really is no other alternative than to keep sitting out until he’s fully healthy...

...He mistakenly referred to the injury that has kept him sidelined since September as a 'fracture'several times, but there would be much less mystery surrounding his condition had he simply suffered a clean break. In that case, he would be done for the season, no questions asked.

'I’m not thinking like that,' Wall said, when asked if it would be better for him to sit out the entire season. 'Hopefully the time I’ve taken off and the shots I got and the treatment I’ve been getting is helping me get healthy so I can play basketball this season. You don’t want to miss a whole season. If it comes to it, you have to, but I’m trying not to think that far ahead.'

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 2:12 p.m. ET

Encouraging news for Wizards fans as John Wall (knee) could return to physical activity tomorrow, the team announced this afternoon.

Coach Wittman said he hopes for Wall to begin physical activity tomorrow, needed time to let injection in knee take action

— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 17, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 4 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

John Wall's knee injury has improved and he should be able to start doing more to get back on the hardwood, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Mannix tweeted on Friday:

In a statement, Dr. David Altchek says John Wall's knee injury showed improvement, will be allowed to begin "ramping up his activity level"

— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) December 14, 2012


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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 8:57 a.m. ET

John Wall (knee) is expected to be evaluated tomorrow, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

John Wall will have his left knee re-examined by Dr. David Altchek on Friday in New York, according to league sources.

The Washington Wizards are hoping the visit will provide a more specific timetable as to when Wall will return to action...

...The Wizards said the original prognosis was eight to 12 weeks. The 12-week mark is Monday.

Wall, who has not yet been cleared to practice, and the Wizards hope to receive more clarity after Friday's visit.

A Wizards source said the club will err on the side of caution regarding Wall's return, only allowing him to play when he is '100 percent healthy.'

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Wall was expected to miss roughly eight weeks at first, but has already been out for 10 weeks, according to The Washington Post's Michael Lee.

The third-year point guard out of Kentucky still hasn't been cleared to practice or even participate in full-contact drills or workouts, according to Lee, which has to be concerning for Wizards fans. 

Head coach Randy Wittman had the following to say when pressed by reporters about Wall's recovery (via Lee):

We’re not hiding anything here. Obviously, we need John. We want John. I want John yesterday, but you’ve got to keep moving forward. That’s what we’re doing here and trying to do here.

So far this regular season, Wall's absence in Washington's backcourt has become painfully obvious. No player on the Wizards' roster is averaging more than 14.2 points per game. To make matters worse, A.J. Price, the team's leading assist man, is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken hand.

The Wizards lost their first 12 games of the season without Wall and have won just two of their 17 games overall.

Wall led Washington in scoring and assists last season, averaging 16.3 points and eight assists per game for the Wizards while playing in all 66 of the team's regular-season games. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft is just 22 years old and is expected to be the cornerstone that Washington's front office builds around.

It seems the Wizards' season is already lost after their dreadful start, but perhaps they can begin building for 2013-14—if Wall can return soon.

Keep it right here for the latest information on Wall's recovery as it becomes available.


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