Left wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond missed today's practice with what Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said was "a crack" in the orbital bone near a nasal passage.
"He had some discomfort in his nasal area, so we sent him to the doctor and he's got an orbital little crack where it does not require surgery," Lamoriello said. "He can play. There's no problem whatsover with it, but we're going to hold him out to make sure he feels 100 percent. But he has the green light to play from the doctors."
Lamoriello said the crack was "not from a fight."
"He thinks it was from the hit when was checked into the boards (by Philadelphia's Riley Cote on Saturday, but it was not from a fight," Lamoirello said. "In fact, we're not even sure if it's something that's been there (previously). That's why we're going to have them check again."
Lamoriello said the crack is not displaced and will not require surgery.
"There's no sugery," Lamoriello said. "We've had worse than this."
Right wing Jamie Langenbrunner did not skate today and will not play on Wednesday night's game against Toronto because of his lower body bruise, but Lamoriello said he worked out off the ice again today and will probably skate Wednesday morning.
"Langenbrnner is feeling very good," he said. "In all probability he will go out for a skate tomorrow morning. We'll see how he feels. He's very close."
Langenbrunner has not skated since he was injured in Friday's 6-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Brian Rolston's recovery from a high right ankle sprain has been progressing, but there is still not timetable for how much time he is expected to miss. Rolston has not played since being injured on Oct. 16 in Atlanta.
"He's progressing very well," Lamoriello said. "We'll just have to keep going day by day, but he's progressing and getting better and better. And I don't want to put a timetable on it because I really don't have one."
Lamoriello said Rolston has been exercising off the ice and doing, "everything except skating."
Rolston had another X-ray a few days ago to make sure there was no fracture that had been revealed after he started working out. He would not say how long it would before Rolston starts skating and ready to play in a game.
"I could be soon. It could be longer," he said. "He's going to be 100 percent. But he's closer than we would have anticipated at the time (he was injured)."
Center Bobby Holik, who is recovering from a fractured right pinky and has surgery a week ago, is scheduled to have his stitches removed Wednesday and is still on target to miss three to four weeks. He's been out since bein injured on Oct. 18 in Washington.
Lamoriello said right wing Barry Tallackson, who was placed on Long-Term Injured Reserve and assigned to Lowell for conditioning, practice in Lowell this morning, but won't necessarily play in that team's next game Wednesday night at Manchester.
"We'll see," Lamoriello said. "With these call-ups (of Nicklas Bergfors and Matt Halischuk), he might forced into action."