Report: Joe Sakic out with back injury

Nov. 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM

DENVER, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic is out indefinitely because of a recurring back ailment, the Denver Post reported.

The injury forced the 39-year-old Sakic to miss seven games after he hurt himself during a weightlifting session.

Results from an MRI were negative, but the newspaper reported that he will undergo more testing in the coming days.

Sakic did not play in Colorado's 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday, one day after he was able to play just one 28-second shift against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"You're always worried," Coach Tony Granato said. "Anytime you lose a player like Joe, your captain and your leader, you always have a concern."

Since the injury, Sakic has played only one full game -- Wednesday against St. Louis.

This season, he has two goals and 10 assists in 15 games, and is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 12 points.

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