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Jordin Tootoo cleared to resume practice with Nashville Predators

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It looks like AJ's scoop was pretty darned good. According to a multitude of tweets coming across the wire from hockey journalists (including Josh Cooper of the Tennessean), Jordin Tootoo has been cleared to practice with the Nashville Predators once again, after entering the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health program on December 27.

Note the key phrase here, "resume practicing." He hasn't apparently been cleared for game action, and is still participating in outpatient care, as noted by James Mirtle. That said, this is definitely a welcome bit of good news, as it would seem to represent progress on Tootoo's part.

Obviously we all wish him the best as he continues down this road. Follow after the jump for the NHL's press release on the matter.

The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the NHL. Tootoo is cleared to return to practice with the Predators while he continues his outpatient care. Tootoo is not cleared to play in NHL games or to travel with the Nashville Predators on their road trips.

On December 27, 2010, Tootoo voluntarily entered an in-patient care program. Tootoo's care continues to be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA).

 There will be no further comment at this time.