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David Backes Injury: Updates on Blues Star's Concussion and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2014

St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) kneels on the ice after he was injured during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
LM Otero/Associated Press

Updates from Saturday, Nov. 1

The St. Louis Blues provide an update on David Backes' injury:

St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

Backes will be in the lineup tonight. #stlblues #OurBlues

Updates from Friday, Oct. 31

Andy Strickland of 550 KTRS Radio has an update on David Backes' status:

Andy Strickland @andystrickland

David Backes skating and looking strong. Still needs clearance to play #stlblues

The Blues had more on Backes:

St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

Hitchcock on Backes: "Obviously if he feels 100% (tomorrow), then he'll be able to play. If not, we'll keep moving forward." #stlblues

Original Text

The St. Louis Blues have struggled out of the gate this season, and things won't get any easier with captain David Backes set to miss some time.

According to the Blues' official Twitter account, both Backes and fellow forward T.J. Oshie will be forced to sit out Thursday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks due to concussions:

St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

Both Backes and Oshie won't play tonight. Hitchcock says both have been diagnosed with concussions. #stlblues

Backes' injury was suffered during St. Louis clash with the Dallas Stars Tuesday. It seemed to occur when the American forward was hit by Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, per Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest:

Andy Strickland @andystrickland

Trevor Dayley interferes David Backes....no call #stlblues

After that collision, Backes was removed from the game:

St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

David Backes has an upper-body injury and will not return to tonight's game. #stlblues #OurBlues

According to Steve Hunt of NHL.com, head coach Ken Hitchcock was initially uncertain of Backes' status following the contest.

"He's going to be re-evaluated tomorrow," Hitchcock said. "It was precautionary. We're just going to have to see what the doctors say tomorrow."

It was ultimately determined that Backes is concussed, which obviously complicates matters moving forward. Everyone recovers from head injuries differently, so there is no telling when Backes might return.

With the Blues sitting at just 4-3-1, though, they are certainly hoping that their leader isn't in the press box for long.

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