Jeffrey Suffers Setback In Recovery

By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Jeffrey tore his ACL last season and had knee surgery that ended his season in the spring to repair the damage. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after Tuesday’s practice that Jeffrey has experienced increased swelling, forcing him to back off rehab.

“Dustin Jeffrey, in his rehab, had some swelling and has backed off the rehab to make sure that he’s got a completely healthy (knee) and gets the swelling out of that knee so he can progress,” Bylsma said. “That’s where he’s at, so his timeline has maybe changed a little bit from what we initially said, which was about 2 weeks.”

More injury news:

  • Forwards Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Pascal Dupuis and Arron Asham were given the day off for maintenance.
  • Bylsma said defensemen Ben Lovejoy (wrist) and Brian Strait (elbow) are skating and are in the 2-4 week range in terms of returning to the lineup.
  • Forward Richard Park is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Defensemen Kris Letang (concussion), Zbynek Michalek (concussion) and Deryk Engelland (unspecified) all sat out of Tuesday’s practice.

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