VOORHEES — Danny Briere was back on the ice Tuesday at Flyers Skate Zone, but he said he still likely will miss the Philadelphia Flyers’ first two games of the season.

Briere skated with a gold jersey to designate him as a noncontact player in practice. It was his first time skating since suffering a hairline fracture in his left wrist about two weeks ago in Germany, where he played during the NHL lockout.

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“How close am I? I don’t know yet,” Briere said after practice. “But it felt, it was nice to get on the ice. It was nice to skate with the team for a few drills. … It wasn’t the best yet, but it’s only been just over two weeks, so I expected that. And just it’s even early to be on the ice at this point practicing with the team. So overall I thought it was a good experience.”

Still, Briere doesn’t expect to be in the lineup when the Flyers play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday to start an abbreviated 48-game season.

“It would be stretching it a little bit,” he said. “You never know what can happen, but at this point, no, I don’t think I will be playing this weekend.”


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