Wizards PG Wall could miss all of next season

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Already done for this season after one operation, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall now will miss most - if not all - of next season, too, because he needs surgery on his left Achilles tendon, which he tore in a fall at home.

Wizards team doctor Wiemi Douoguih said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that he discovered the partial rupture of the tendon during a procedure done Monday to address an infection from the operation on Wall's left heel on Jan. 8.

The 28-year-old Wall's Achilles surgery has not been scheduled yet. Douoguih said it probably will be next week.

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. Douoguih estimated the recovery range for Wall's injury, "at John's age," to be from 11 to 15 months.

There is no way to know what sort of player Wall will be when he returns, Douoguih said.

"Unfortunately," he added, "we don't have a lot of data on elite NBA point guards with tendon ruptures."

Douoguih said Wall was not wearing his walking boot - which is OK while at home - when he slipped and tumbled on Jan. 29.

"He never heard a pop," Douoguih said. "He had a slight increase in discomfort."

So the Achilles problem wasn't known until Monday.

Wall was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky and was an All-Star each of the past five seasons. But a series of injuries will have robbed him of much of what usually are a player's prime years.

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RICHMOND, Texas (AP) - Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young is free on bond after he was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

In a statement, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office says the former Texas Longhorns star was arrested about 4:30 a.m. Monday in the Missouri City area of suburban Houston. The six-year NFL veteran, who lists a Missouri City address as his residence, was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and released after posting a $500 cash bond.

NEW YORK (AP) - Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was arraigned Tuesday from a psychiatric ward on charges accusing him of punching a New York City police officer after he was taken to a precinct house for failing to pay a taxi fare.

Bates, 25, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, resisting arrest, theft of services and obstruction of governmental administration.

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have released cornerback Robert Alford, a second-round pick in 2013 who had 10 career interceptions but none this season.

The move, announced by the team on Tuesday night, could clear the way for Isaiah Oliver, a 2018 second-round pick, to start. As a rookie, Oliver cut into Alford's playing time.

Alford signed a four-year, $38 million contract extension after the 2016 season. His release will clear $7.9 million in cap space for the 2019 season.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Orlando Magic reserve center Mo Bamba will be out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg.

The team made the announcement in a news release before the Magic were set to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Bamba also missed Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

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MIAMI (AP) - Outfielder Curtis Granderson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins and will report to big league spring training.

If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a one-year contract that pays $1.75 million while in the major leagues and have the chance to earn $250,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances.

The 37-year-old is a three-time AL All-Star and 15-year major league veteran.

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