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Josh Bailey headed back to NY to undergo medical evaluation

 My apologies for relying on Twitter this morning, but the wireless at BankAtlantic Center leaves a lot to be desired.

If you missed my tweets earlier, Josh Bailey has left the team and is headed back to New York, where he is expected to undergo a medical evaluation on an upper-body injury tomorrow.

Bailey suffered the injury after being hit along the boards in the second period of Sunday's game against the Panthers.

It's hard to speculate the severity of the injury, but Bailey did finish out the game Sunday, so that's at least some indication.

"That part was good, but it was bothering him today so he's going to get it looked at," Scott Gordon said.

Gordon discussed the potential impact of his absence, if the injury turns out to be significant:

"He's made huge strides. It's not so much about what it does to us, but hopefully it's not a long-term injury where he can't finish out the year and build on what he has done."

Bailey obviously did not participate in team practice this afternoon; neither did Doug Weight, who did off-ice conditioning, but is just a little banged-up.

*Talked to defenseman Brendan Witt today (knee). He said he feels great and is good to go. When asked whether Witt is a possibility for Thursday, Gordon said he had not gotten the chance to think about it yet. So, check back tomorrow for an update on his status when I try to cajole an answer out of him on this :)

**As a side note, the Islanders elected to stay in Ft. Lauderdale after Sunday's game against the Panthers until Wednesday when they will fly to Tampa for Thursday's game. The team had a day off yesterday and resumed practice today.

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