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BLOG: McDavid out 2-3 weeks with quad injury

The Oilers captain will be sidelined for the next 2-3 weeks after sustaining a quad injury in Saturday's 3-2 win over Nashville

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland revealed in Tuesday's morning media availability that Connor McDavid will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a quad injury.

The Oilers captain went hard into the boards after getting tied up with a Nashville Predators defenceman in Saturday's 3-2 come-from-behind victory, finishing the contest with 19:27 of ice time and an assist.

After icing his knee and being assessed by the team's medical staff post-game, McDavid arrived back at Rogers Place on Sunday for practice feeling better despite lingering stiffness and swelling.

An MRI later in the afternoon revealed the extent of the quad injury, which will sideline McDavid for the next 2-3 weeks beginning with the club's upcoming three-game road trip against Florida, Tampa Bay and Carolina.

"That's the normal timeline for this injury," Holland said outside the Oilers dressing room. "We're hoping it can be a bit less. It's an injury significant enough that he's going to miss games, but it's not long term. We don't expect to double back a week from now and find out it's more serious.

"We know what it is and it's a quad injury. It's going to heal; it just needs some time for treatment."

Holland reaffirmed the quad injury is not related to the injury McDavid rehabbed in the summer in order to return prepared for the start of Oilers Training Camp this past September.

McDavid will return to Toronto for treatment with the team departing for their three-game road trip on Wednesday.

"I think if we were staying here, he would stay here," Holland said. "We're going on the road now tomorrow and we don't get home until late Sunday night. Monday's an off-day. He's got people there that he trains with all summer. They have great facilities."

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