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Roman Josi injury update: Still not much progress for young Nashville Predators defender

What was supposed to be a breakout season for Roman Josi has been stymied for the foreseeable future. The young Nashville Predators defender has been on the shelf with a concussion since the second game of the regular season. Steve Downie of the Colorado Avalanche hit Josi up high on October 4, and the youngster hasn’t been back out on the ice since.

The NHL didn’t suspend Downie for the hit, while Josi remains sidelined. Predators coach Barry Trotz updated the Tennessean on Josi’s condition on Monday:

Trotz said defenseman Roman Josi has made “some progress” in his recovery from his concussion “and has ramped up a little bit in terms of what he’s able to do.”

Trotz said that involves Josi increasing his heart rate, but not in a full workout.

When the Predators lost Ryan Suter prior to the 2013 season, there was a big question mark beside Shea Weber on the top defensive pairing. Who would take Suter’s place and eat up his massive minutes? While Ryan Ellis buckled under the pressure of that position, Josi thrived and became one of Nashville’s better defensemen down the stretch.

They rewarded him with a seven-year deal worth $28 million that kicked in this year. This concussion is mildly concerning though as it’s the second that Josi has sustained in the NHL already. He went down with a head injury during training camp in 2011 as well.

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