Washington Wizards: Is John Wall's Underachieving Career Done?

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2019

John Wall will undergo surgery to fix his ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss "approximately 12 months" from the time of the surgery, per the Washington Wizards.

The procedure has not yet been scheduled and will be done in Green Bay, Wisconsin, by Dr. Robert Anderson.

Wall will undergo surgery on the latest injury, and per the team, will be out for about 12 months.

The whole reason why John Wall has been sitting out is to avoid further injury to his nagging heel injury, which had been bothering him earlier in the season and forced him to undergo surgery.

Even though the team has been without Wall for 18 games, during which the Wizards have gone 9-9, owner Ted Leonsis insisted last week that he expects Washington to make a run for a playoff spot. As the Wizards' press release reveals, Wall "developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on January 8" and then sustained the rupture when he fell in his home.

The five-time All-Star ruptured his left achilles tendon during the fall.

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Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih found the rupture during a procedure to clean out the infection.

Wall was at the Wizards game last night, per Fred Katz of The Athletic.

"If I don't want to deal with the pain or make it any worse and have an opportunity to maybe rupture my whole Achilles later down the road, you get the surgery and take it out", Wall said in December.

However, there is no indication Wall's new recovery schedule changes the Wizards' plans with Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline looming, according to a source familiar with the organization's mentality.

In 32 games this season, Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists. He also had surgery on both knees before the 2016-17 season. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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