Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Columbus’ Wisniewski returns to practice

Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 26: Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks steals the puck from James Wisniewski #21 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period on January 26, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Chicago defeated Columbus 3-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Getty Images

It’s not all bad news in Columbus lately. After suffering an injury in an ugly end-board collision a week ago, defenseman James Wisniewski is back practicing with the team.

As Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch shares, Wisniewski is counting his lucky stars to not be more seriously injured.

“I watched the replay, and it was surreal,” Wisniewski said yesterday after returning to practice. “For one thing, I had no idea I was down on the ice that long. When I walked in (the dressing room), I didn’t really recognize the place.”

Wisniewski suffered the third (known) concussion of his career on the play and having him back practicing is important for the Jackets given the other injuries they’re dealing with on defense. Adrian Aucoin and John Moore are out of action and while it’s nice to have Jack Johnson playing more than 30 minutes a game to make up for the losses, that’s not optimal for keeping him fresh.

Wisniewski’s progress is going well, however, as he shed the “no contact” jersey for this morning’s practice.