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Staal suffers hand injury in practice; Being evaluated by doctors
Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal suffered a setback in today’s practice but it had nothing to do with his injured foot.
Staal left the ice about 30 minutes into practice, holding what appeared to be his hand. He was in considerable pain and went straight to the trainers room. Staal never returned to the ice and is now being evaluated by team doctors, according to head coach Dan Bylsma.
This is a tough break for Staal who was ready to return to the lineup this week and there appears to be some concern from the team that this could be a long-term injury.
Bylsma said he could not say whether he thought the injury could become a long-term injury. Bylsma and GM Ray Shero were meeting after practice for a significant period of time.
When talking to the media today, Bylsma appeared to be concerned about his star center.
The team will likely make a callup at the forward position for their upcoming road trip but a decision won’t be made until tomorrow.