Panthers defenceman Bryan McCabe likely out two weeks with back injury

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers defenceman Bryan McCabe is expected to miss two weeks because of a back injury sustained in Friday night’s season opener at Carolina.

McCabe had an MRI on Saturday, and it revealed a contusion and lower back strain.

“There’s no fracture,” Florida general manager Jacques Martin said. “So that’s good news for us. He’s probably going to need probably a couple of weeks, but that’s encouraging.”

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McCabe was injured in the second period of Florida’s 6-4 loss at Carolina when he collided with Hurricanes defenceman Dennis Seidenberg along the boards.

The 33-year-old McCabe was acquired in an off-season trade with Toronto.