Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Schwartz Hurts Leg in Practice, Severity Not Yet Known

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Schwartz Hurts Leg in Practice, Severity Not Yet Known

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The Blues, already without their top center in Paul Stastny for five weeks with a broken foot, now may have added another significant absence to their roster.

Though the severity won't be released until Saturday morning, Blues forward Jaden Schwartz left practice with an injury to his left leg on Friday. Schwartz fell while reaching for a puck in a drill at the start of practice, crashed into the net, which stayed on its moorings, and stayed down. He was helped from the ice in obvious pain, putting no pressure on his left leg, and taken to a hospital for examination.

"Usually guys are pretty tough and don't let anything bother them," said goalie Brian Elliott, who had the incident play out right in front of him. "But when you see a guy stay down, it's usually not very fun."

"It was a pretty innocent thing," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We'll see how serious it is (Saturday), but obviously he couldn't finish practice. That's the first alarm bell that goes off, that he couldn't finish practice. We'll see in the morning, see if it's serious or not. I've been in it a long time, I've never seen that in my life. A warmup drill, the guy goes down."

"He shot the puck and then the puck bounced off," Elliott said. "He went to reach back for the rebound, kind of lost his edge and kind of came back into me and into the mesh of the net."

While rookie forward Robby Fabbri was on the ice with the full team for the first time since suffering a concussion Oct. 10, he won't be back in the lineup until Tuesday, so the Blues have called up Ty Rattie from Chicago, where he has four goals and three assists in three games. Hitchcock said Rattie will play Saturday.

"He's lighting it up in the American League, he's been champing at the bit," Hitchcock said.

The loss for any period of time of Schwartz, who was second on the team in goals and third in points last season and has no goals and four assists in seven games this season, would be significant. …

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