The Nashville Predators lost their captain and star blueliner in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, and now Shea Weber’s mysterious injury has been revealed: he dislocated his right kneecap following a hit from Brandon Saad.
From the moment Weber got hit by Saad, it was clear something was wrong. Following the collision behind the Nashville goal in Game 2, Weber limped to the bench, went back to the dressing room and it was the last anyone saw of him on-ice for the rest of the series. There was no immediate word during the series how long Weber would be out, but during Monday’s meeting with the media, Weber announced the surgery, which he had last week, would keep him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.
"I felt something kind of pop a little bit, snap I guess," Weber told NHL.com’s Robby Stanley. "It was my kneecap that kind of subluxed, so I just felt that come across. I didn't know at the time exactly what it was, but I knew that's not good, that shouldn't happen. I tried to stand on it. Obviously, it was pretty bad pain in the knee."
The hit from Saad, Weber told Stanley, was a routine play and one in which he wouldn’t have expected to get injured from. Weber went on to call the play “fluky,” saying that his knee and Saad’s leg combined for an awkward collision.
There were reports later in the series that the injury that Weber had suffered was a torn ACL, but those were quickly denied by the Predators. In a release from the team, Nashville said that, “contrary to erroneous broadcast and media reports over the last 24 hours, he did not suffer an ACL injury.”
The Predators didn’t get into specifics at that time, but did announce that the injury would keep Weber on the shelf through the first round.
Thankfully for Nashville, however, Weber should be more than ready for next campaign.