DENVER - APRIL 18: Ryan O'Reilly #37 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 18, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. O'Reilly collected the points for the game winning goal after the Sharks put the puck in their own net as the Avalanche defeated the Sharks 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ryan O'Reilly Will Only Miss Two Weeks After Scary Weekend Injury

Ryan O'Reilly took a scary tumble into the boards in Minnesota and had to be taken off on a stretcher. He suffered a shoulder injury and could miss significant time.

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Ryan O'Reilly Out Two Weeks After Shoulder Injury

Ryan O`Reilly's gonna be just fine. After taking a terrifying tumble (alliteration!) into the boards on Friday night in Minnesota, it turns out he'll only miss about two weeks with a shoulder injury.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has more:

"He'll miss a couple weeks, no surgery required," Avs coach Joe Sacco after today's practice. "We're all very relieved and thankful, because it looked worse. The good thing with Ryan, too, is he's young, he's in good shape, and hopefully he can recover here quickly."

There were fears that O'Reilly could miss the rest of the season after the injury, suffered when he clipped the back on an opponent's skate while going full-speed towards the boards. He tumbled and his neck and back took the brunt of the blow, leaving scared onlookers with thoughts of a potentially horrifying injury. 

That didn't happen, though, and we're all thankful for that. 


Ryan O'Reilly Suffers Shoulder Injury, Not Neck Injury

Good news: Ryan O'Reilly didn't suffer a terrible neck or back injury when he tumbled into the boards in Minnesota on Friday night. The bad news, though, is that he still could be out for the season.

According to the Denver Post, O'Reilly suffered a shoulder injury on the play, and while the severity of it is still unknown, it's possible he misses a good chunk of time -- perhaps the rest of the year.

The Avalanche said it will have an updated diagnosis of the shoulder injury, most likely on Sunday. O'Reilly, the team's third-line center, flew back with the team following Friday night's game.

If O'Reilly has a separated or dislocated shoulder, the chance that it could be a season-ending injury is real. Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last month.   

Check in with Mile High Hockey for more on O'Reilly's condition.


VIDEO: Ryan O'Reilly Injured After Nasty Spill Into Boards

Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul was quiet tonight in the aftermath of a nasty injury to Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly. The 19-year-old tripped and fell head-first into the boards.

Here's video of the injury:

He didn't move for quite some time before doctors opted to remove him on a stretcher. Word is that he's been taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but that he has feeling in his extremities.

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