Penguins: Neal Out With Broken Foot, Staal Out 4-6 Weeks
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The injuries just keep piling up for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following a practice this morning, the team released injury updates on several players including top forwards Jordan Staal and James Neal.
Staal will be out four to six weeks with a knee injury and Neal has a broken foot and is out indefinitely.
Staal was injured Friday night against the New York Rangers when he collided knee-on-knee with former Penguin Mike Rupp late in the third period. He left the game and did not return.
Staal missed Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
As for Neal, he was struck in the foot by a shot in the third period against the Devils. He finished the game and the injury was discovered after the game.
“Jordan Staal has a knee injury, 4-6 weeks at this point it looks like depending on recovery time for him,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “James Neal in (Saturday) night’s game late in the game received a shot to the foot, broke his foot. The next few days we’ll see what that timetable looks like, but it’s weeks, not days at this point.”
In addition, forward Craig Adams, one of the team’s top penalty killers, aggravated a previous injury when he fell awkwardly after a collision with defenseman Brooks Orpik at Sunday’s practice.
Adams is expected to be evaluated today.
Other injury news:
- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby remains out with a concussion. There is no time line for his recovery and there has been no further update since late December, when Bylsma said Crosby is still experiencing symptoms.
- Defenseman Kris Letang has returned to skating in his recovery from a concussion. There is no time line for his return, either.
- Arron Asham remains out with a knee injury he suffered from blocking a shot.
- Dustin Jeffrey is working out with the team and rehabbing a knee injury. He appears to be the closest to returning of all injured players.