The Bruins remain a team without a timeline of any sort when it comes to defenseman Brandon Carlo.
“[Carlo] didn’t skate, so he’s gotta get further evaluation before I tell you he’s week-to-week or day-to-day or in or out,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said following Wednesday’s practice at TD Garden.
Limited to just 4:48 in Tuesday’s loss to the Blues before he told the trainers that he wasn’t feeling well and departed the game, Carlo’s absence Wednesday almost certainly rules him out for Thursday’s head-to-head with the Senators at the very least.
And without a set play or incident that led to Carlo’s exit Tuesday night, the obvious concern comes with the 6-foot-5 Carlo perhaps feeling the residual effects of some big hits from the Capitals in the team’s Sunday road contest at Capital One Arena.
Carlo has a considerable concussion history, too, with four documented concussions since Apr. 2017.
The Bruins, for what it’s worth, aren’t going down that road just yet.
“With Brandon, I don’t want to speculate,” Cassidy said when asked about if there’s extra concern given Carlo’s concussion history. “Let him see the doctors today and [I’ll] try to give you something better tomorrow.”
With Carlo out, the Bruins’ right side is headlined by Charlie McAvoy, with Connor Clifton and Josh Brown behind him.
The 25-year-old Carlo, who is in the first year of a six-year, $24.6 million contract, has totaled six goals and 15 points, along with 128 hits and 93 blocked shots, in 71 games this season.
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