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Ben Smith practices after hit to head

Updated: October 4, 2011, 4:34 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith returned to practice for the first time since suffering a head injury in a preseason game last Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he's still "day to day" but could play in Friday's regular season opening game in Dallas.

Smith says he's feeling better but has not been cleared for contact.

"You really have to be honest with yourself and honest with them (the Hawks) about how you're feeling," Smith ...

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