McQuaid practices; Tue. status uncertain

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was back on the practice ice Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena after suffering a neck injury last Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

McQuaid was diagnosed with a neck injury, but the team’s medical staff is treating it like a concussion and is taking the necessary steps to make sure he’s OK before returning to game action. Bruins coach Claude Julien said McQuiad will be a game-time decision when the Bruins host the Hurricanes on Tuesday night at the Garden.

“McQuaid’s been good,” said Julien. “He’s done every test he has to go through right now with the biking and excursion and stuff, so things are going well. His headaches are non-existent, which we felt it was more of a neck injury that was causing that and it seems to be going that way. We’re treating it as a concussion because it’s the safest route to take.”

He suffered the injury in the first period last Wednesday when he went crashing head first into the boards. He did not play in Chicago on Saturday, but was in the locker room during the game and riding the stationary bike. He also skated on his on his own on Sunday at Ristuccia and “felt great again” according to Julien.

“Right now everything looks good,” said the coach. “It’s certainly good news. When you see those types of injuries around the league you want to try to minimize them, so it’s good to see him back this early.”

McQuaid showed no ill effects during Monday’s practice.

“It feels good to be back out there skating again,” he said afterwards. “We’ll see how things go the rest of the day and tomorrow. I felt pretty good today.”