Seidenberg on back injury: 'Nipped it in the bud'

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg spoke Monday for the first time since having surgery last Thursday to repair nerve damage in his back.

He will be re-evaluated in two weeks after the incision heals, the doctors told him. He’s expected to miss eight weeks. Seidenberg has no idea how he suffered the injury, saying he woke up one morning with some discomfort.

“Usually when something like this happens, you’re like, ‘Oh my God,’ doing a movement or exercising somehow, but I woke up that morning -- that was, I think, Monday [Sept. 14] -- just feeling that nerve pain,” Seidenberg told reporters.

“I had a feeling in the back of my leg, and then eventually shooting down my calf. I notified the staff. I went to see a doctor and got an MRI first that showed nerves being pinched.”

Team doctors first decided to wait a week to see if the discomfort subsided, but when it did not the medical staff went ahead with the surgery.

“We kind of nipped it in the bud pretty quickly,” Seidenberg said. “Hopefully that helps in the recovery.”

Losing Seidenberg will hurt Boston’s blue line and he’s disappointed he’ll be sidelined for so long.

“Eight weeks is still pretty long,” he said. “Missing any time is not good, but it’s the start of the season. Hopefully I’ll get to play a good amount of games and be good.”

With Seidenberg sidelined, it was good news for the Bruins that defenseman Zdeno Chara skated on his own Monday morning. The captain suffered an upper-body injury during his first preseason game last Thursday. He was given the weekend off and re-evaluated Monday.

“He’s doing better,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He skated this morning early, so things are going as expected. It’s all encouraging.”

Julien did not have a timetable for Chara’s possible return.