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Injury Update

Defenseman Jamie Heward (facial lacerations) says he expects to be ready to play Friday, but whether he actually returns to the lineup against the Thrashers will be up to Coach Glen Hanlon and the training staff.

Right wing Richard Zednik (groin) hasn't been seen (at least by me) since he went down on Dec. 2 against Buffalo. I mean, usually when a player is injured, I'll bump into him at the rink, the parking garage, somewhere. I haven't seen Zed since he left the ice with the help of a teammate and trainer. Not sure what that means.

When asked about Zednik's whereabouts, Hanlon deferred to a team spokesman, who left a message for General Manager George McPhee. Hopefully, I'll have an update tomorrow. Maybe not. As you may have noticed, the Capitals don't like discussing injuries.

Meantime, winger Matt Bradley (hand) practiced yesterday and seems sufficiently healed.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 13, 2006; 6:51 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure that Zednik was on hand in a suit for one of the recent games...I recall seeing him (and hearing him announced) in one of those feel-good novelty check giveaways to charity in the stands during a stoppage in play.

Posted by: magnus | December 14, 2006 8:42 AM | Report abuse

The best thing Zed can do is to rest and the let injury heal - otherwise, he's just going to get reinjured.

Caps need him back 100%. Until then, he'll be missed by this fan.

Posted by: cpsn10z - VA | December 14, 2006 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Even with Zed gone, we're still scoring a bunch of goals. That Laich/Gordon goal was beautiful. I guess you can never have too many healthy scorers though.

Posted by: Rage | December 14, 2006 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I remember Zed being there for the oversized-check giveaway during a TV timeout a couple of games ago.

But not seeing him at all at practice does seem a little off. But then, he's always seemed to do things a little, shall we say "differently." He's a character. It's what characters do.

Posted by: Goat | December 14, 2006 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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