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Colborne sidelined with broken thumb

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Add another name to the Calgary Flames sick bay.

Joe Colborne suffered a broken thumb on his right hand in Thursday's exhibition game against the Winnipeg Jets, taking a Andrew Ladd slap shot off the hand in the second period, and is now week-to-week with the malady.

"I tried to reach out and get my stick in the way and it just came off and caught me right on the thumb, where there's no padding," the forward said with a shake of his head. "It is what it is, I guess."

He joins TJ Brodie (broken hand bone) and Ladislav Smid (neck) on the sidelines.

The injury comes just weeks after Colborne returned to action after months of rehabilitation on his left wrist; the 25-year-old underwent off-season surgery and was only cleared to play in mid-September.

"It was a rough flight coming home yesterday, that's for sure. But if anything, it's going to let me to rehab the wrist a little longer too, I guess. I'm trying to find anything positive I can get right now.

"It's the game. Sometimes, things just come at you like this. Like I said, I'm going to try and take the positive out of this and when I come back, both hands will be ready to go."

There may be another silver lining, as well.

As of right now, it appears Colborne's recovery will consist of time -- not having to undergo a surgical procedure.

"We're having the specialist out in Vancouver look at it right now. It will be a few weeks for sure but we're hoping to avoid surgery right now. It's looking good for that. We'll decide that soon."

Colborne skated in three pre-season tilts, in which he was a plus-1 and had three shots on net. He is coming off a 28-point, 64-game 2014-15 campaign.

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