Chris Cerutti met with trainers Wednesday afternoon, and Icers coach Guy Gadowsky confirmed the senior forward sustained a Grade II medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain.
Cerutti injured his left knee during the first fall practice on Tuesday afternoon at the Ice Pavilion.
“I think he’s gonna be out a little longer than expected,” Gadowsky said.
The Icers begin walk-on tryouts Aug. 30, and continue with team tryouts Aug. 31-Sept. 2. However, Cerutti said he will most likely be off the ice for about a week and a half.
“What (the trainer) recommended for now is going in to him two times a day for some mobilization exercises and some icing and stimulation,” Cerutti said. “Then during practice times, getting on the bike to try and keep my endurance up to stay in shape while I’m not skating.”
Gadowsky said the Icers won’t have any idea on how long Cerutti will be out until further evaluation.
Cerutti, who has no previous knee injuries, said the trainers don’t want him participating in contact for a couple weeks after he returns to play.
“But hopefully I can get back out there and get on the ice and do some drills to get my feet back under me,” Cerutti said.