The game against the Wild is Edmonton's third of a four-game road trip, meaning he also will miss the team's game Saturday at the Winnipeg Jets. His status beyond that is unknown.
Initial reports issued by the team said there was no fracture in the ankle, but Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said Thursday the team was being cautious in confirming that diagnosis.
"That X-ray shows no break, but sometimes there's a micro-fracture or something else going on in there," Eakins said. "The swelling was large. It was obvious he wasn't going to be able to play so there is no use in keeping him here. We'll send him back and have them run some of those different scans on it to make sure all is well."
Eakins also said defenseman Corey Potter has recovered from a groin injury and is available Thursday against the Wild.
For Minnesota, forward Zach Parise, who has missed 11 games with a fractured foot after being hit there with a puck, joined his teammates for the morning skate Thursday. Parise said he's progressing nicely from the injury and working to get back in the lineup "in a smart and safe way." He also put in work with his personal skating coach prior to the morning skate Thursday.
Depending on how things go at the team's practice Friday, Parise may be able to rejoin the Wild's lineup as soon as their game Saturday against the Dallas Stars.
Here are the projected lineups for the Oilers and Wild on Thursday:
Injured: Philip Larsen (illness)