As the Edmonton Oilers take to the ice at Rogers Place for the first day of their return to play training camp, the team is without defenceman Caleb Jones.
The Oilers have deemed Jones ‘unfit to practice’ as the rest of his teammates hit the ice Monday morning.
According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Jones will reportedly hit the ice with a smaller group of players later; OilersNation’s Jason Gregor reported that Jones has been in Edmonton for over a week.
Clarifying the Oilers release, Jones is "unfit to practice with the main group" – Thus, skating after with a smaller group.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 13, 2020
Jones not on ice for Oilers. He is listed as unfit to practice.
Jones has been in Edmonton for over a week… so if you assume (which sucks due to NHL injury/health protocol) then seems very plausible why he is absent. #Covid
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) July 13, 2020
With NHL training camps kicking off across the NHL, the league is handling all injury reports for teams across the league. For any player who tests positive, the NHL and its teams will not be identifying specific cases without prior approval from the NHL or NHLPA.
As noted by Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, it appears that Jones may be nursing some kind of nick or injury.
Caleb Jones is scheduled to skate with a later group, made up of Black Aces. Which teaches us something about the term "unfit to practice."
It apparently covers injuries, not just illness. So Jones must have some kind of nick, but clearly no COVID if he's skating with players.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 13, 2020
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