Mike Green Returns To Practice For Washington Capitals

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Washington Capitals All-Star defenseman Mike Green returned to practice today for the first time since straining his groin Nov. 11, according to the Washington Post.

"I think I’m going to have to be cognizant of this for the rest of my career, probably,” Green told the Post. “It’s something you’ve got to take care of, especially with hockey it’s such a common thing. It’s just maintenance right now, making sure I’m on top of my stuff and getting better. I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent for a long time, I’ve just got to get to that stage where I can play.”

There still is no timetable for Green’s return.

When Green last played the Washington Capitals were off to a strong 8-0 start. Since then, however, the club has gone 9-14 and has seen their head coach replaced. In eight games this season Green had three goals and three assists for six points.

Green, 26, played in just 49 games last year due to injury. In 2009-10 when he played in 75 games, he was one of the most productive defensemen in the league, tallying 19 goals and 57 assists for the Capitals.