After taking Tuesday off, the Avalanche returned to the ice at Family Sports Center this morning. Following the skate, Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco provided a few injury updates to the media.
Defenseman Ryan Wilson
did not practice today and will be out indefinitely with a concussion. The rookie was shaken up after taking a hard hit from Edmonton forward Jean-Francois Jacques in the first period of Monday’s game. Wilson took a few more shifts in the opening frame, but did not return after the first intermission.
“Wilson suffered a concussion and he won’t be back until he’s symptom free. That’s all I know right now,” said Sacco.
Avalanche captain Adam Foote and forward Marek Svatos both skated for approximately half an hour this morning prior to practice.
Foote injured his ankle during the second period of Colorado’s Jan. 8 contest in Carolina and has sat out the past four games. The defenseman was placed on injured reserve Jan. 15 (retroactive to Jan. 8).
Foote’s status is still in question for Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators. If Foote can’t go, it’s likely that Wes O’Neill will step into the lineup.
“As of right now, he’ll be playing,” Sacco said of O’Neill. “It’s a good opportunity. Wes played some games last year towards the end of the season, so he did get his feet wet. He’s been playing very well down in Lake Erie from all the reports we’ve got. He’s a big guy, he has an excellent stick, he’s got a good reach and he’s a smart player in his own end.”
Svatos, meanwhile, is currently sidelined with a chest contusion. After missing 12 of Colorado’s 13 games from Dec. 13-Jan. 11, the right wing returned to the lineup during the Avs’ 3-1 win against New Jersey on Jan. 16, only to suffer the chest injury.
Sacco said Svatos is making progress, but is still considered day-to-day.