The Washington Times - November 11, 2011, 07:47PM

NEWARK, N.J. | Mike Green was so excited to stop talking about his injured right ankle, which has kept him out since Oct. 22.

“[Hopefully I’ll have] something more fun to answer other than the depressing injury stuff,” he said Thursday.


Green was back in the Capitals’ lineup Friday night against the New Jersey Devils, but another scary play knocked him out near the end of the first period. The defenseman’s leg appeared to get caught along the boards in an odd collision with New Jersey’s Ryan Carter, and it twisted.

Green went to the ice and was slow to get up. He skated off on his own power but looked to be in some distress. He doubled over in pain on the bench for about a minute before going down the tunnel to the dressing room.

He played 6:40 in the first period.

When the Caps came out to start the second, he skated a couple laps around, appearing to test something. The team went through its defensive rotation and Green was not a part of it, as John Carlson went back out there with Roman Hamrlik, who had been Green’s partner. He was on the ice at 3:30 for a power play.

At the 7:13 mark, Green walked back down the tunnel to the locker room.

Update: During the second intermission, Caps spokesman Ben Guerrero said in an email reply that Green was questionable to return.