The Washington Times - April 12, 2011, 03:04PM

While Mike Green is close to coming back, another of the Capitals’ top defensemen at least making progress from a serious injury.

Dennis Wideman, who suffered a leg hematoma and compartment syndrome March 29, was released from the hospital Monday, the team confirmed.

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Wideman was hurt on a seemingly innocuous hit by the Hurricanes’ Tuomo Ruutu and it came out two days later that he was hospitalized with a serious injury.

“I think we’re all kinda surprised what kind of injury it turned into,” winger Mike Knuble said at the time.

There’s no timetable for his return, though coach Bruce Boudreau ruled Wideman out for the first round, which could last until April 27.

“It’s one of those things that this time next week we’ll know a lot more than we know now,” Boudreau said last week. “It all depends how his rehab goes and how quick he takes to it. He’s a guy that’s used to playing an awful lot of hockey games, and I gotta believe when he’s allowed to go back full at it, that it won’t take long for him to get there.

Tuesday’s Wideman news was first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger.