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Columbus’ Wisniewski returns to practice

Feb 9, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

James Wisniewski, Dave Bolland 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.

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