Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik practiced with the full team Friday for the first time since he sustained a concussion Dec. 7. However, he's not ready to put a timeline on a return to the lineup.
Orpik has been skating on his own since Dec. 13 and passed a baseline concussion test Thursday which allowed him to take part in full-contact practice drills that day with teammates Deryk Engelland, Tanner Glass and Rob Scuderi.
"I did some contact [Thursday]," Orpik said after practice Friday. "… I got through that and felt pretty good [Friday]. We're going from there."
Orpik was hurt when he was pushed to the ice by the Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton, who then punched Orpik while he was down. The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Thornton for 15 games. Thornton is appealing the suspension.