Merrill practicing, Gomez to get another look in New Jersey

There’s good news on the injury front for the New Jersey Devils as defenseman Jon Merrill returned to practicing with his teammates Sunday.

Merrill, who has been out since Sept. 19 after colliding with teammate Ruslan Fedotenko, had been skating on his own according to GM Lou Lamoriello.

“He’s cleared. We’ve been over-protective,” Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger.

Merrill was left feeling woozy after his collision with Fedotenko and needed help off the ice.

The 22-year-old won’t be in the lineup Sunday when the Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers in preseason action, but veteran camp invite Scott Gomez will.

Gomez is expected to center a line of Tuomo Ruutu and Damien Brunner according to Devils beat reporter Tom Gulitti.

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