Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For a Change, Medical News Largely Positive

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For a Change, Medical News Largely Positive

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The Penguins held a full-squad workout late Monday morning at Consol Energy Center.

It only looked as if there had been one going on there an hour or so earlier.

In reality, that session simply was some of their many injured players -- specifically, defenseman Paul Martin and forwards Beau Bennett, Jayson Megna, Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ebbett -- getting in a little on-ice work with conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

Of that group, Martin, Megna and Ebbett apparently are the closest to returning to the lineup. Coach Dan Bylsma said they will be evaluated Wednesday "to see if they can progress and return to play."

Bylsma's other medical updates:

* Forward Joe Vitale "will be out three weeks" because of an unspecified injury he got in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss Friday in Edmonton and will not be on the ice for the first week.

* Forward Brian Gibbons, hurt in a 2-1 victory Saturday in Calgary , is "week-to-week" with an unspecified injury.

* Bennett is "four weeks out" and he "is holding a stick, but can't catch a pass yet."

* Kobasew is "more in a day-to-day time frame."

Right winger James Neal was given a "maintenance day," which generally means a player is excused from practice because of a physical issue that won't necessarily prevent him from participating in games.

A twist on northern exposure

While Dan Potash of Root Sports was interviewing Penguins winger Tanner Glass near the visiting team's dressing room Saturday after the game, center Brandon Sutter briefly could be seen naked in the background, generating a frenzy on Twitter and other social media.

He has taken the attention in stride.

"I didn't know what to think at first but I don't think it was as bad I would have originally expected," Sutter said.

"It was in the distance a bit. There's not much you can say about it. It was a freak accident. It is what it is. …

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