Willie Mitchell D FLA 8 Days

Mitchell won't be ready for Sunday's game against the Penguins, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.Mitchell remains on injured reserve, but is believed to be nearing a return date. Perhaps a couple more days off will do the trick, as the Panthers' next game comes Tuesday against the Blackhawks.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 9 Days

Mitchell (upper body) will not play in Saturday's game against the Senators, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.Mitchell is day-to-day, so he can be considered questionable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 11 Days

Mitchell (upper body) skated Thursday morning and continues to be viewed as day-to-day, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.Mitchell has been dealing with the injury for about two weeks, but it looks like he's just about fully recovered at this point. If he's able to resume practicing with the team Friday or Saturday morning, he could be activated from IR for either Saturday's game against the Senators or Sunday's meeting with the Penguins.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 14 Days

Mitchell (upper body) is nearing a return to action, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.Mitchell, who is traveling with the Panthers, who face the Leafs on Tuesday, last suited up on Feb.3. The veteran blueliner is only an option deeper formats, however, with five points and 17 PIM in 49 games to date this season.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 16 Days

Mitchell (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, retroactive to Feb. 3, Jameson C. Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.This will not affect Mitchell's eligibility for a return, as he's already been out more than the seven days required by the IR stint. Mitchell skated Saturday and is believed to be getting closer to game action, but he will miss at least one more game, making a Tuesday return a best-case scenario.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 18 Days

Though Mitchell will miss the Panthers' next two games, coach Gerard Gallant indicated the blueliner was "close to a return," George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.Mitchell has yet to resume practicing with the rest of the team yet, so it's possible that Gallant is using the word "close" rather loosely. Still, there's a chance Mitchell could resume working out with the Panthers when the reconvene in Florida on Saturday following their two-game road trip. If that indeed comes to fruition, Mitchell may be cleared to play as soon as Sunday against the Blues.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 18 Days

Mitchell (upper body) didn't join the Panthers for their two-game road trip that begins Thursday in Minnesota, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.Mitchell's condition has reportedly improved since he first suffered the injury last week, but he has yet to resume skating and will miss his fourth and fifth consecutive games. With only six healthy defensemen on the roster, don't be surprised if Mitchell is moved to IR in order for the Panthers to add a blueliner from AHL San Antonio.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 21 Days

Mitchell (upper body) was not spotted at practice Monday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports.

Fialkov adds that while Mitchell is improving, the blueliner -- who last suited up on Feb. 3 -- remains out for Tuesday's game against the Ducks.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 23 Days

Mitchell (upper body) is unlikely to play Sunday against the Predators, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.

Mitchell was absent from Saturday's practice, a likely indicator that he won't be healthy enough to suit up Sunday. Steve Kampfer is expected to once again fill in for Mitchell on the Panthers' blue line.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 25 Days

Mitchell will not play in Thursday's game against the Kings due to an injury, Panthers play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein reports.

It's not entirely clear what type of setback Mitchell is dealing with, but the injury prevented him from taking part in Thursday's morning skate, and it will keep him off the ice Thursday night as well. Mitchell is considered day-to-day.