Bradley Beal injury: Wizards guard suffers bone bruise, could play Saturday, per report

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The Wizards' shooting guard appears to have avoided a major injury.

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal suffered a bone bruise in Friday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports. Following an MRI on Saturday morning, it appears the second-year guard avoided the worst possible fates after an ugly scene Friday.

Goodman even says Beal could play Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons, less than 24 hours after seemingly going down with a serious injury.

The Wizards' guard left the game against Minnesota after banging knees with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. He had to be carried off the court, but according to the Washington Post, X-rays after the game were negative and he walked out of the arena under his own power.

Beal missed nine games earlier in the season with a stress injury to his right fibula, during which the Wizards went 4-5. In his rookie season, he only played 56 games before being shut down for the season with a stress injury in his -- you guessed it -- right fibula. Beal said at the time the injury was in a different part of his fibula, but this is now three leg injuries in less than a year of half of NBA action for the 20-year-old.

When Beal was healthy this year, he was averaging 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and shooting 45.9 percent from three-point range.

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