The Washington Times - November 7, 2011, 01:38PM

Mike Green adds a different dimension to the Capitals, and he and the team are surprised he has been out this long with a right ankle injury. He hasn’t played since Oct. 22, and the Caps are 2-3.

But that doesn’t mean he’s going to hurry back or that there will be pressure from above that he plays before he’s ready.


“We don’t want to rush him, and we’re not going to rush him, either,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Everything would have to be perfect.”

The All-Star defenseman had his first full workout with teammates Monday, but there’s no certainty that means he’ll be in the lineup Tuesday vs. the Stars. Instead, caution seems to be the idea.

“I don’t want to be a liability on the ice. I’ve only had one really good skate here. So for me to just jump back in, that wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing if that’s the case – if I’m going to be a liability,” Green said. “If I feel I am, I don’t think I should play. If I don’t, then I’ll play.”

Green twisted his right ankle against the Red Wings Oct. 22 on the same play he was hit in the face by a Darren Helm dump-in.

It wasn’t something he could bounce back from quickly.

“We’d hoped he’d be back sooner, but you never know with those injuries,” Boudreau said. “They just linger on.”

Added Green: “Yeah, it’s tough injury. … If it was a wrist or something maybe I’d be playing.”

Green said he wanted to skate Tuesday before any decision was made about getting back into the lineup.

“He’s getting a lot closer,” Boudreau said. “We haven’t made any decisions one way or another on it, but he took full practice today, and he felt a lot better. He’s taking some power-play time. We’ll sleep on it and see how it goes.”