Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton didn’t get the worst news from the MRI done on his left foot yesterday, but he didn’t get good news either.
The third-year guard has a double-bone bruise, a strained tendon and swelling in the foot that he originally injured this summer while playing in a ProAm game in Atlanta. The bone bruises were already there, but the tendon strain was new. Only good news is there’s no break or surgery needed. He is walking in a protective boot now and is expected to be out at least two weeks.
“It’s the same thing we already knew,” Crittenton said this afternoon. “A double bone bruise on the top and the side, and it swelling in three tendons in my foot. It’s something we already knew and tried to speed up the progress of healing. I was in a boot after it happened in Atlanta, I was in a boot for a while in D.C. I tried to work my way back because I knew training camp was around the corner. … It’s one of those injuries that’s gotta take time. I want to be back out here. It’s training camp. We’ve got a lot of guards, wanted to compete. But it’s one of those injuries you have to give it time to heel because if you keep playing, potential surgery.”
Crittenton initially suffered the injury when an opponent ran up behind him, trampling his ankle and top of his foot in late July. Crittenton said today — recounting the story — that he fell down, stood up, then fell again and had to be carried off the court. He had the foot evaluated and took time off from training and didn’t resume running until Sept. 27. Crittenton had some soreness earlier this week, but still was able to go through all of the Wizards’ practice. Flip Saunders said Crittenton (who is battling Mike James and Randy Foye to be Gilbert Arenas’ top backup) on Friday had his best practice of training camp or summer before intense pain returned and sidelined him.
“I feel bad … he’s put so much pressure on himself,” Saunders said. “When he got hurt, he wante to come back, and he came back and then it just got sore at the end of practice and it’s got fluid around it and everything else.”
So for at least two weeks, Crittenton must watch the backcourt situation unfold rather than taking part in the competition.
“It’s very frustrating, especially all the hard work I put in,” Crittenton said. “I came back to D.C. early, I was in the gym working with the coaches, working with my strength and conditioning guy, now for this injury to have me sitting out in training camp, I can’t show what I worked for. I can’t even finish it out.”
Fabricio Oberto sat for another practice to continue to rest his tweaked hamstring. Training camp invitee Vincent Grier also was banged up and watched the later stages of practice, but otherwise, the Wizards are healthy.