SAN JOSE -- Brent Burns is making progress in his recovery from unspecified facial injuries, Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Friday, but no decision has been made as to whether the free-wheeling forward will join the team on its upcoming five-game trip.

"He's progressing. Today's practice was a man's practice, and he participated fully in it. That's a good step for him," McLellan said, before qualifying his statement by saying Burns took part "as full as he possibly can without really getting drilled. He was involved in some battle drills."

Burns has missed eight games with what started out as a stick to the mouth in the Oct. 12 game against the Ottawa Senators, but apparently developed into a sinus and nasal problem as well.

San Jose Sharks forward Brent Burns on Nov. 1, 2013 in San Jose. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)
San Jose Sharks forward Brent Burns on Nov. 1, 2013 in San Jose. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Following team policy, Burn would not discuss the injury, what progress he has made or a timetable for his return. But he did say it has been tough not being fully involved with the team.

"Day in and day out, as much as I like to work out and stuff, I don't really love that. I love to play hockey," Burns said. "I really feel like we have a special group. It's tough, you're still here but you're not really as much of a part of it as you can be. You're still not going through everything, so it's tough."

And he acknowledged being frustrated.

"It's tough not to play any time of year," he said. "It's not fun."

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