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Coach Bill Peters said after Tuesday's morning skate that he's hopeful Staal (leg) will be ready to play by the end of December, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal resumed skating last week and seems to be increasing his activity level each day, but Peters said the center needs to take more contact and participate in battle drills before his activation will be forthcoming. He'll continue to skate with the team in a light capacity until he notices some more healing with his fractured fibula.

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Staal (leg) will join the Hurricanes for their pregame skate Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal, who skated on his own prior to Wednesday's practice, will wear a non-contact jersey during Thursday's skate. He's still probably at least a couple weeks away from returning from injured reserve due to the extensive time he's already missed due to the broken leg, but his recovery seems to be trending positively.

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Staal (leg) has shed his cast and is expected to begin off-ice workouts soon, NBC Sports reports.

As he's surely well out of hockey shape thanks to his two-month stint in the cast, Staal will likely need a significant amount of recovery time. He appears to be on track for a return sometime in January.

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Staal (broken leg) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal is still expected to miss three to four months after fracturing his right fibula in a preseason game Sept. 23. An early return around late December would be the best-case scenario here, however a more realistic expectation would be sometime in mid- to late-January.

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Staal will undergo surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his right leg and is expected to miss three-to-four months.

The Hurricanes were bracing for the worst after Staal broke his leg in Tuesday's exhibition game, and it appears they've received just that with the news that surgery will be necessary for the center. Staal will undergo the procedure on Friday, which will likely keep him out until around the All-Star break. Despite Staal's dropoff in production last season with the Hurricanes, his absence still represents a huge hit to the team's depth down the middle.

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It has yet to be determined whether or not Staal will require surgery on his broken leg, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal was set to undergo a thorough evaluation by team doctors Thursday, but the results of those tests may not be available for a few days. If the Hurricanes do decide to go the surgery route, Staal would likely be looking at a long-term recovery period, which could potentially stretch into the second half of the season. Second-year forward Elias Lindholm is expected to receive the first opportunity to fill in for Staal as the Hurricanes' second-line center.

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Staal (broken leg) will return to Raleigh and receive an evaluation from team doctors Thursday.

The evaluation should clarify a firmer timetable for Staal's recovery, but it seems likely that he could miss multiple months after fracturing a bone in the lower half of his right leg Tuesday night. Staal was looking to rebound after he posted only 15 goals and 25 assists in 82 games last season, but the significant injury will hinder his chances of reemerging as a 50-point scorer.

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Staal sustained a broken bone in the lower part of his right leg during Tuesday's exhibition at Buffalo, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.

A timetable has not been released regarding Staal's return to the ice, but it would seem likely that he'll miss significant time. He needed crutches to move around after Tuesday's preseason contest, and fantasy owners will want to monitor his status in the coming days for a clearer picture regarding how much time he'll miss.

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Staal (leg) was spotted using crutches while moving around in the locker room after Tuesday's preseason contest, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.

Staal also underwent X-rays after the game, the results of which likely won't be available until Wednesday. While it's possible the Hurricanes just had Staal use the crutches so as not to aggravate his leg injury any further, the scene certainly warrants some concern. There should be more clarity regarding a possible return timetable by the end of the week, but things certainly don't look promising for Staal.

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Staal suffered an apparent right leg injury late in Tuesday's exhibition loss against the Sabres and required assistance off the ice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

The Hurricanes fell to 0-2 in the preseason after Tuesday's defeat, but the health of their second-line center is obviously of graver concern for the club. According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Staal wasn't able to put any weight on his leg as he exited the ice following a hit from the Sabres' Josh Gorges. The team will reevaluate him after the game, but there seems to be legitimate fear Staal may have suffered a significant injury.