Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber left Tuesday’s win over the Winnipeg Jets with an “upper-body injury.”
Weber took a slap shot from the point while the Predators were on the power play early in the third period and appeared to tweak something on his follow-through.
Despite Nashville ultimately scoring on the play, Weber showed little emotion and instead hunched over slightly as he skated away.
Nashville’s All-Star defenseman was then seen being worked on by the training staff on the bench before ultimately leaving the game with roughly 16 minutes remaining in the contest.
The team later reported: “Weber, upper-body injury will not return.”
Initial speculation would say Weber has suffered some kind of back or shoulder injury (probably muscle based).
It is worth noting that the Predators locker room has also suffered from some kind of illness that has kept forwards Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg out of the lineup recently, but this does not appear to be related to Weber’s issue.
UPDATE: Sara Orlesky, a Winnipeg-based TSN reporter, tweeted later last night:
Shea Weber will be reevaluated when Preds get back to NSH. Was told after though that they don’t believe it is that serious (upper body)
— Sara Orlesky (@saraorlesky) January 29, 2014
The team from Music City went on to win the contest 4-3 over the Jets.
We’ll have the latest updates on Weber as they come available, so check back here for more.