Bradley Beal

The Washington Wizards suffered a major hit this preseason with guard Bradley Beal expected to miss up to two months with a fractured left wrist.

The 21-year-old rising star suffered the injury during Friday’s (Oct. 10) exhibition game against the Charlotte Hornets in South Carolina, when he fouled by P.J. Hairston on a play at the basket. He would shoot his free throws, but left the game and did not return.

Although the team initially diagnosed it as a sprain, an MRI on Saturday (Oct. 11) revealed that he had a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist, and will require surgery.

Beal is coming off a breakout second season, in which he averaged more than 17 points and helped lead Washington to a first-round playoff series win over the Chicago Bulls. Playing alongside All-Star point guard John Wall, Beal is part of what experts believe to be one of the best backcourts in the league.