By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It appears that Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is one step closer to recovery.

Malkin was spotted wearing a regular contact jersey at practice Saturday morning.

Prior to that, he was in a non-contact jersey.

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Malkin has been making steady progress after a knee surgery this summer to address an injury sustained last season.

“Geno wasn’t a full participant. He had limited contact. The practice didn’t involve a whole lot of contact in it, but certainly his participation was as to close to what we’ve gotten to 100%,” Head Coach Mike Sullivan said.

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Experts believe he still won’t join a regular-season game before Christmas but that anything is possible.