Exactly how severe is Bradley Beal's left shoulder injury after a collision in Saturday's 114-99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks won't be known until he goes through complete evaluation, team officials said, and they're likely to have an answer Sunday.
"I have no idea," coach Randy Wittman responded when asked about Beal after they had a season-high 26 turnovers, including on the play when the injury occurred.
Beal was hurt at 3:16 of the fourth quarter when he dived to the floor for a loose ball and was called for a foul. Jeff Teague's right knee appeared to strike him in the shoulder. Beal was slow to get up but stayed on the floor until about the one-minute mark when he reached in for a steal on Thabo Sefolosha.
There appeared to be no contact as Beal reached with his right hand. He doubled over clutching his left (non-shooting) shoulder as he went to the sideline while the game continued and had to be escorted to the locker room early by head team athletic trainer Eric Waters.
Earlier in the quarter, Beal hit the floor hard after he collided on a drive with Mike Muscala, crashed to the floor and held his left wrist. After making the layup, he was able to convert the free throw with 7:09 left.
Beal fractured his left wrist in the 2014 preseason and needed surgery. He missed the first nine games of the regular season and never was able to get in sync as he averaged 15.3 point.
This year is different because he's in the final year of his rookie scale contract and wasn't able to reach an agreement on an extension with the Wizards last week.
Health has been a major issue for Beal, who has been beset by lower right leg stress reactions in each of his first three NBA seasons.