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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been ruled out for up to two months after suffering a fractured left wrist in an exhibition game on Friday.
The injury was sustained during the game against the Charlotte Hornets when Beal was fouled by P.J. Hairston on a play at the basket, and while he remained in the game to take the subsequent free throws, he did not return after.
During the second half, the Wizards kept Beal on the bench due to what they believed at the time to be a sprain to his non-shooting wrist, but an MRI scan revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.
The problem will require surgery, and although the franchise have not announced when that will take place, it is reported that it will likely happen early next week with the third-year guard expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
It is a further blow for the Wizards after losing reserve forward Kris Humphries for a month after he underwent surgery on Thursday to repair nerve damage in his finger.
Martell Webster also remains out of action as he recovers from an off-season back procedure, and so the Wizards will be cursing their luck ahead of what was undoubtedly billed to be a vital season for them.
The loss of Beal in particular will hurt after he averaged more than 17 points per game last season to help the team reach the second round of the playoffs.
Along with point guard John Wall, the pair have been widely considered as one of the best back-courts in the league and so it remains to be seen how his absence will effect the team.
In addition, Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 for an altercation with Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah in a recent pre-season game, while four players including power forward Nene were banned for the October 29 season opener against the Miami Heat for leaving the bench during the scuffle.