Injured Penguins center Derek Grant returns to practice |

Injured Penguins center Derek Grant returns to practice

Jonathan Bombulie
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins’ Derek Grant checks the Blue Jackets’ Markus Hannikainen off the puck in the second period Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.

With injuries beginning to pile up, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be getting at least one player back in short order.

Center Derek Grant, who missed the last two games with an unspecified injury, took part in practice Monday in Cranberry. He wore a no-contact jersey, but said he was able to work in some contact before the skate was over. He plans to make the trip to Winnipeg and Colorado.

“I just fell funny,” Grant said. “Something I just gotta play through, I think, but I felt good out there today.”

Grant’s return could help a penalty kill that’s been a little short on personnel since Carl Hagelin was traded and Matt Cullen got hurt.

He said he doesn’t have a firm timetable for his return in mind.

“I want to play and try to play but you never know day to day what things are going to be like,” Grant said.

Winger Patric Hornqvist, out with a concussion, did not participate in practice Monday. Cullen and goalie Matt Murray are out with long-term lower-body injuries. Defenseman Justin Schultz is out until at least February with a broken leg.

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Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at [email protected] or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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