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Injuries to Tampa Bay Lightning roster worse than initially expected

Saturday, 12.31.2011 / 6:37 PM / Bolts Report
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Injuries to Tampa Bay Lightning roster worse than initially expected
      

The injuries currently plaguing several Lightning players appear to be worse than initially expected.

On Saturday, Bolts General Manager Steve Yzerman confirmed that both center Nate Thompson and winger Ryan Shannon will be placed on Injured Reserve.

Thompson, initially listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, had been practicing and doing so to positive reviews, although head coach Guy Boucher said earlier in the week that the injury had not been healing as quickly as the team had hoped.

Shannon, meanwhile, who was forecasted to miss two to four weeks with a knee sprain, is still an additional two to three weeks away from returning to action, according to Yzerman.

The good news, however, is that both Thompson and Shannon’s status on IR is retroactive, allowing them to return possibly sooner than expected.

Yzerman also revealed Saturday that defenseman Victor Hedman has a concussion and is out indefinitely. There is no timetable for his return, but the Bolts blue liner has been participating in normal day-to-day activities.