Shea Weber has first practice

Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber took a major step forward in his recovery from a concussion Tuesday, practicing without contact for the first time since suffering the injury on Dec. 23.

Weber skated Tuesday with the Predators in a public practice in Franklin, but Nashville coach Barry Trotz says there is still no timetable for when the Norris Trophy finalist will return to game action.

Since losing Weber, Nashville has won three of four games, but he remains a vital cog for the Predators' long-term prognosis. Weber is second to teammate Ryan Suter in ice time at 26:20, leads the team with 29 points and was once again being mentioned in the conversation for the Norris Trophy before the injury.

Weber didn't speak to reporters after practice Tuesday.

Nashville hosts the Stars on Thursday and the Hurricanes on Saturday before leaving for Colorado to play the Avalanche on Tuesday.

Craig Custance is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.