UPDATE: Wall's MRI has been moved to Thursday, according to Jorge Castillo. The original post is below.
John Wall has played in every single game this season, despite suffering several nagging injuries along the way. But finally, it appears one of his injuries has gotten to the point where he wants to get it examined.
On Tuesday, Wall is going to get an MRI on vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) muscle above his left knee, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post:
Wall has played through soreness in the muscle in recent games, which he figures is just a bruise and has made bending the knee difficult. He has started and played in every one of Washington’s 36 games this season despite various ailments, ranging from a sprained MCL to a sprained ankle to bruised ribs, and doesn’t anticipate having to miss time because of the VMO injury.
"I know you’re going to deal with nagging injuries throughout the year," the 25-year-old Wall said after the Wizards’ victory over the Orlando Magic Saturday. "I’m perfectly fine with that. But it’s the ones that – I can’t even bend my knee without it being sore. So that’s the thing that gets frustrating.
There are two lines that stick out here, depending on your outlook.
"doesn’t anticipate having to miss time because of the VMO injury"
That's good! If it turns out this is just a matter of a bruised or extremely sore muscle, then we all know John Wall will be able to power through the pain. He's done it all season, and he's done it all through his career.
"I can’t even bend my knee without it being sore."
Um, that sounds pretty bad, especially for someone like Wall, who needs his legs as healthy as possible to fully utilize his natural speed advantage. Also quotes, like this sound a lot like other quotes from Wizards past where a player would play through an injury until they couldn't take it, get an MRI, and then realize the injury was much worse than suspected.
Of course, it's a lot easier to remember the cases where a Wizard gets an MRI and things go wrong than it is to remember the times where someone gets an MRI and it turns out not to be serious, like when Drew Gooden got one last Sunday and was back on the court by Friday.
Still, it's always worrisome when your team's star player is playing through pain and it seems to be getting worse instead of better. Hopefully, Tuesday's MRI results will provide some more insight into how the team should manage his playing time moving forward.