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Versteeg leaves practice early on Thursday

The winger's status for Friday's game is unknown

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

BOSTON, MA -- Kris Versteeg left practice early on Thursday and his status ahead of Friday's game against the Boston Bruins is unknown.

He was on the ice for the first portion of the hour-long practice at Agganis Arena at Boston University. He left around the mid-way mark of the skate.

"I'm not sure," head coach Glen Gulutzan said when asked for an update on the winger. "I haven't talked to our guys yet - I stayed out with some guys later - I haven't talked to them. But he left and I don't think that's a good sign when you leave practice half-way through."

Versteeg returned to the Flames' lineup on Wednesday in Columbus after missing nine skates with a groin strain. He set up the Flames opening goal in the second period, weaving around Seth Jones and dishing the puck off to Troy Brouwer, who had a wide-open net to deposit the puck into.

He left the game for two short periods of time in the 2-0 win in Columbus after a run-in with Brouwer at the Blue Jackets' blueline in the second period. Other than the collision, Versteeg felt comfortable in his return and didn't have any lingering groin issues.

"I felt pretty good. As the game kept going, I felt more and more comfortable until Brouwer decided to take me out for a little bit," Versteeg joked on Wednesday night. "All in all, it felt okay."

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