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Chara (knee) has been activated from injured reserve, signaling he'll be back in the lineup Thursday against the Blackhawks.

This much was expected after Chara practiced fully the previous two days and took part in Thursday's morning skate without any complications. The Bruins actually cobbled together a better record without Chara than when he was with the team earlier this season, but make no mistake -- the team is more than happy to welcome back their captain into the fold for the first time since Oct. 23. The blueliner had three points in nine games before suffering the PCL tear in his left knee.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

Chara (knee) appears to be on track to return to action Thursday against Chicago, the Boston Herald reports.

Though Chara's official status for Thursday's game may not be clarified until closer to faceoff time, it looks like the blueliner will probably be a go for the contest after practicing both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

Chara (knee) practiced again on Wednesday.

Per the Bruins' official site, coach Claude Julien is optimistic that Chara will return to the Boston lineup Thursday against Chicago. The Bruins' captain has sat out the team's last 19 games after suffering a knee injury on October 23, but barring a setback, it looks like Chara will be back in action on Thursday.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

Chara (knee) practiced with the Bruins on Tuesday.

Per Joe Haggerty of csnne.com, coach Claude Julien indicated Tuesday that he's "optimistic" about Chara's chances of playing Thursday against Chicago. The blueliner, who last suited up for the Bruins on Oct. 23, recorded three points in nine games prior to sustaining his knee injury.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

Chara (knee), who has been skating for about the last two weeks, per the Boston Herald, is reportedly doing well.

That said, it's unclear how close to a return to action the blueliner is at this stage, but we should know more on that front as the Bruins' upcoming practice slate unfolds in advance of Thursday's home game against Chicago.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

Chara (knee) will not travel on the Bruins' upcoming road trip.

The Bruins play four games on the road next week, but with Chara staying in Boston, it does not appear he will be able to play in any of them. The Bruins have a few days off following their trip, which could give Chara enough time to be ready for the team's next home game Dec. 11.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

GM Peter Chiarelli indicated Monday that he is hopeful that Chara (knee) can return to action in 10-to-14 days, nesn.com reports.

Chara, who suffered a PCL tear in his left knee on Oct. 23, skated Monday, and while a return to action is not imminent for the blueliner, he is clearly progressing. "Usually, when they start skating, it's at the earliest at 10 days (and) at the latest two weeks when he's been out that long," Chiarelli noted Monday. "I haven't been given a timetable. We just have to see how he progresses from day to day. But I think you can probably say 10 days to two weeks."

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

Chara (knee) skated Monday morning, the Boston Herald reports.

While the report suggests that Chara wasn't skating all-out, it notes that the blueliner "didn't appear to be laboring at all in his stride." While this is a clear sign of progress for Chara, there's still no concrete timetable for his return to action from a posterior cruciate ligament tear that he sustained on Oct. 23.

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Chara (left knee) acknowledged Tuesday that a timetable for his return to action has yet to be established, the Bruins' official site reports. "There is not a timeline right now. I wish I could tell you guys exactly when I'm going to return," Chara noted. "But at this point, it's really such a slow process, that who knows when the day is going to be."

After Chara suffered a tear in his left PCL on October 23, GM Peter Chiarelli presented an initial four-to-six week estimate, while relaying at the time that there were no plans for the blueliner to undergo surgery. With Chara (who was spotted stickhandling and passing the puck in the hallway on Tuesday) still not ready to return to the ice, and fellow blueliners Kevan Miller and Torey Krug also injured, the Bruins have turned to AHL recalls Joe Morrow, David Warsofsky and Zach Trotman to fill in for the time being.

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A timetable for Chara (knee) to return to action has yet to be established, Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe reports.

Chara was able to skate lightly Tuesday, but he will still need 2-to-4 weeks to recover from his knee injury, and a target date for his return to action remains uncertain.