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Avalanche activate F Darcy Tucker off IR @NHL

DENVER (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche have activated Darcy Tucker from the injured reserve list after he missed eight games with a concussion.

Tucker was available for the Avs' game at Chicago on Wednesday night. Colorado also placed defenseman John-Michael Liles on injured reserve with a hurt shoulder.

Tucker's face smashed into the glass when he was ridden into the boards by Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu on Oct. 23. Team doctors and trainers placed a neck brace on Tucker, who lay motionless for several minutes, and strapped him to a backboard.

The NHL suspended Ruutu three games for a boarding infraction.

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