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Bruins could get Adam McQuaid back on Tuesday

10.17.11 at 2:55 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins are close to getting one of their injured defensemen back, as Adam McQuaid participated in Monday’s practice after skating Sunday. McQuaid is suffering from a neck injury sustained when he crashed into the boards last Wednesday against the Hurricanes.

Adam McQuaid (neck) could return Tuesday against the Hurricanes. (AP)

“I skated a little bit yesterday and feel like I’ve been doing more and more every day,” McQuaid said Monday after practice. “I’m feeling better each day.”

McQuaid said there was “not too much” discomfort in Monday’s practice, and he is viewed by coach Claude Julien as “probably” a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game against the Hurricanes. That’s certainly good news for the second-year defenseman.

“It feels good just to be back out with the guys and skating again,” McQuaid said. “We’ll see how things go here the rest of the day and tomorrow.”

The Bruins have been treating McQuaid as though he suffered a concussion, though they seem to doubt the injury is anything more than to the neck. Still, as a precaution he will undergo necessary testing before he is cleared to return to game action.

“McQuaid’s been good,” Julien said Monday. “He’s done every test that he has to go through right now, the biking, the exertion and all that stuff, so things are going well,” Julien said. “His headaches are non-existent, which we had felt it was probably more the neck injury that was causing that. It seems to be going that way, but we’re treating it as a concussion because that’s the safest route to take. He’s going to go through all the tests, and we’ll see how it is tomorrow.”

McQuaid has only played two full games for the B’s this season. He was kept out of the season-opener against the Flyers because he was under the weather, and after playing against the Lightning and Avalanche was injured in the third period in Carolina. In three games this season, McQuaid has two assists.

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