Boston Bruins center David Backes missed the first five games of the season, returned for five and then exited the lineup to have colon surgery.

The veteran forward remains sidelined, but he returned to practice this week wearing a non-contact jersey. It’s another positive step in his recovery.

For more on Backes, check out the “NESN Live” video above, presented by Cross Insurance.

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