Wizards' Wall tears Achilles in fall, out 12 months

The John Wall injury further pushes the Wizards into NBA purgatory

The John Wall injury further pushes the Wizards into NBA purgatory

Washington Wizards guard John Wall will undergo surgery to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon after slipping and falling in his home and is expected to miss approximately 12 months, the team announced Tuesday.

Wall was already ruled out for the season in late December, when the team said he would have surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel.

According to the Wizards, he developed an infection in the incision from that procedure. It was diagnosed during a procedure to clear out an infection in the incision from his heel surgery January 8. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. He's missed more than 70 games due to knee injuries. The five-time All-Star is slated to make $37.8 million in 2019-20.

Wall has suffered wrist, hand, shoulder and quad soreness or injuries. However, those talks apparently dissipated quickly, especially in the case of John Wall whose contract isn't the most franchise-friendly with this season marking the first of his $170 max extension.

Wall, whose game is built around his speed and ability to drive to the basket, is expected to be able to return to what the team called "full basketball activities" about a year after that operation. It increases to a $46.9 million option in the fourth year. Now 10th in the Eastern Conference, Washington has struggled to a 22-31 record despite having one of the more talented rosters in the East.

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