Jets captain Blake Wheeler practises with team for first time since injury

Winnipeg Jets head coach Dave Lowry discusses what it's like to see captain Blake Wheeler back at practice, even if it's in a non-contact jersey, says it's positive he's with the group, but there's no real timeline for his return.

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler returned to team practice in a non-contact jersey for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on Dec. 10 against the Vancouver Canucks.

Wheeler's injury came in a collision with teammate Nathan Beaulieu and Canucks forward Vasili Podkolzin in front of the Jets' net. He immediately grabbed his knee and skated off the ice. The Jets placed him on long-term injured reserve on Dec. 19.

Head coach Dave Lowry said Wheeler would travel with the team on its upcoming four-game road trip, but it's unclear when he'll return at this time.

Wheeler has one goal and 16 assists in 22 games this season, and reached the 1,000 game plateau just days before getting injured.

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