Bradley Beal Injury: Updates on Wizards Star's Nose, Concussion and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard, behind, knocks the ball away from Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Washington. The Trail Blazers won 108-98. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal suffered a broken nose and a concussion on Jan. 25 after getting inadvertently elbowed in the nose by Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and had not played since. However, he is ready to return. 

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Beal Active vs. Nuggets

Thursday, Jan. 28

Beal is available to play against Denver on Thursday, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.  

Beal Troubled by Injuries in 2015-16 Season

This is yet another blow—albeit a minor one—for the shooting guard after he suffered a shoulder injury and a leg injury earlier in the season and was forced to miss time.

When healthy, Beal is an impressive offensive force who gives the Wizards an additional scoring option in the backcourt alongside superstar point guard John Wall. Beal averaged 15.3 points a game last season and 17.1 the campaign prior, and he is posting 19.2 points a night in the 2015-16 season.

He can stretch the floor with his three-point shooting and take advantage of openings when opposing defenses collapse on Wall’s drives, but he is also a solid penetrator and can draw contact at the rim. The Florida product is also asked to shoulder the scoring load with the second unit at times when Wall rests and is a critical piece of Washington’s lineup if it hopes to make a postseason run in the East.