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Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) skated on his own for the first time in 10 days.

The Wings were encouraged to see Weiss back on the ice but don't expect him to return to action during the regualr season. It has been a nightmare campaign for the former Panther as he played poorly when in the lineup and has missed the bulk of the season due to injury.

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Stephen Weiss (groin) is out indefinitely and he's scheduled to see a specialist.

He had hernia surgery in January and he experienced a setback in his recovery after the Olympic break when he was getting ready to return.

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Stephen Weiss exited Monday's practice midway through the session after he experienced some pain in his groin area.

He had sports hernia surgery just before Christmas and team doctors think he sustained some inflammation by pushing himself in practice. Weiss will be re-evaluated later this week. He hasn't played since Dec. 10.

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Stephen Weiss (groin) might not immediately enter the Red Wings' lineup when he's available.

Detroit is doing well right now, so the Red Wings might wait until they start to struggle before adjusting their lineup again. Weiss could still finish the season on a high note, but there's no question that he's a big gamble right now.

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Stephen Weiss (groin) won't return Wednesday night.

He's not expected to play Thursday against the Ottawa Senators either. "I'm feeling good and having no setbacks," Weiss said. "It's a matter of getting your conditioning and your legs to where they need to be to play in a game this time of year." Weiss is almost ready to return after he had sports hernia surgery in late December.

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With Henrik Zetterberg (back) potentially done for the season, the Red Wings need Stephen Weiss to be strong once he returns from a groin injury.

"Obviously losing Z is a huge loss for us," Weiss said. "I'm not thinking about coming in trying to replace him. I've got to come and do my own thing and play my game, but certainly we're going to need guys to step up and fill that void. I definitely put some of that onus on me coming back, for sure." It remains to be seen if Weiss will be available immediately following the Olympic break. He was originally supposed to have reported to AHL Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint by now, but he's stayed in Detroit to get some extra practice instead.

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Stephen Weiss (groin) has decided to practice more rather than play for AHL Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint.

The original plan was for him to play in the minors this weekend and he's still aiming to play Wednesday against Montreal. "That's what we're shooting for," Weiss said. "Obviously, that's not going to be my decision. I might still have to play a game or two (in Grand Rapids) next week. By then I'll be more ready to play a game." He wants to test himself with up-tempo, contact situations, but he has made very good progress since having sports hernia surgery on Dec. 23.

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Stephen Weiss (groin) expects to be fine to play next Wednesday against Montreal.

He doesn't know if he'll head to the AHL this weekend to play a little for the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning stint. Weiss has played in just 26 games this season and he hasn't dressed since Dec. 10. He had sports hernia surgery on Dec. 23.

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Stephen Weiss (groin) is looking forward to skating with the OHL Plymouth Whalers during the break.

The Whalers are Weiss' old junior team and he thinks being with them will be better than skating on his own while the NHL's shut down. "Just being in a team atmosphere again has been nice," Weiss said. "It's a great feeling, it's been a tough stretch the last while for me but to be out with the team the last few days has been nice, it kind of perks you up." The goal is for Weiss to follow it up by playing in a conditioning game or two from Feb. 21-23. If all goes well, Weiss might be healthy by the end of the break.

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Stephen Weiss (groin) participated in Wednesday's practice and he didn't feel any pain.

He is hoping to return to the lineup in Detroit's first game back after the Olympic break. The plan for Weiss during the Olympics is to skate with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL and to possibly play for AHL Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint.