Nash to miss next 12-14 days

Updated: October 14, 2005, 3:34 PM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash is expected to remain on injured reserve for another 12-to-14 days with a sprained right ankle.

According to a report in The Columbus Dispatch, Nash will miss another 12-14 days after he received another opinion from doctors on his ankle sprain.

The Jackets wanted to have Nash back sooner.

"He's going to be immobilized for the next week," Jackets GM Doug MacLean told the newspaper. "Then we'll start therapy again. From what the doctors told me, if we follow this procedure, he should be 100 percent in two weeks."

Nash, the first overall pick in 2002, suffered a sprained ankle during a scrimmage on Sept. 14. He was out for the preseason, debuted for the season opener on Oct. 5, but was later put on injured reserve.

According to the report, Nash visited the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday, when a specialist concurred with the team doctors' diagnosis.

"They said everything was on track, that the injury was what we thought it was right along," Nash told the Dispatch. "I'll take a week off, relax, and when next week comes along I'll start therapy again. Hopefully, I'll be on the ice and back at it in two weeks."

A finalist for the Calder Trophy after recording 17 goals and 22 assists during his rookie season of 2002-03, Nash had a superb sophomore campaign, winning a share of the Maurice Richard Trophy by scoring 41 tallies. The performance opened the eyes of MacLean, who signed the 21-year-old to a five-year, $27 million contract in August.

Material from SportsTicker was used in this report.