Despite the Wizards having a laundry list of injuries during the preseason, the suspicion here was that Nene and DeJuan Blair were being held out for precautionary reasons. Both are on schedule to play when they open the regular season after another full practice Tuesday, and they were surprisingly joined by Martell Webster, according to coach Randy Wittman.
Webster, who injured his right hip during training camp when it initially called a strain, sought a second opinion last week for his discomfort. He took the court for the first time for contact drills. Nene (right calf) and Blair (right knee) each missed four preseason games.
Alan Anderson (left ankle surgery) was the only player for the Wizards not to practice fully before they departed for Wednesday's game vs. the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena.
Webster, CSNmidatlantic.com reported over the weekend, had what was determined to be arthritic pain in his hip and his ability to play ultimately hinge on whether or not he can withstand it.
Don't expect Webster to be on the court in Orlando. His return Tuesday was the first positive step for him in a while, and how his hip responds the next day will be crucial as he tries to regain his conditioning.