Bradley Beal, who has been injury-prone for his first three seasons, is out of the starting lineup for the Wizards for the first time this season as they play the Oklahoma City Thunder at Verizon Center on Tuesday. Even though he dressed, he didn't warm up with the team and instead stayed outside the locker room to socialize with family before taking a seat on the bench without attempting a shot.
Gary Neal will start for Beal, who has a contusion on his left (non-shooting) shoulder after a collision with Jeff Teague in a game over the weekend.
Beal missed the first nine games of last season because of a fractured left wrist, which he also injured in a separate hard fall in that game with the Atlanta Hawks.
In a contract year, Beal and the Wizards mutually agreed to end talks on an extension last week as he plays out the final year of his rookie scale contract. He will be a restricted free agent next summer and this injury isn't considered to be major.
Beal participated in some of shootaround Tuesday morning and gave himself a strong chance to play. He warmed up before tip off and was scratched from the starting lineup. While the Wizards went through layup drills, Beal watched.
The Wizards don't play again until Saturday vs. the Orlando Magic at Verizon Center.
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