The injury bug is affecting the Colorado Avalanche early this season, with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey being the next to miss time.

The Denver Post is reporting that Cumiskey missed practice Monday due to a concussion allegedly suffered in Saturday night’s blowout victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Coloread has recently been rolling seven defensemen, so it isn’t as if the team is left with a void in Cumiskey’s absence. As of today, there have been no assignments from the Lake Erie Monsters which begs the question: Is Adam Foote ready to return from his concussion?

Played off as a mild injury, Adam Foote has been out since October 21st. If he doesn’t return for Thursday night’s rematch against the Vancouver Canucks, his injury is clearly more serious then initially reported. In the event that Foote doesn’t play, Cameron Gaunce is the next likely candidate to get a call up based solely on his statistics. As we all know now, based on the appearance of goaltender John Grahame, that the Monsters coaching staff suggests players based on their current performance.

The news from Avalanche practice hasn’t been all bad this week, as Craig Anderson was spotted skating on the ice during practice. While no return timetable, or even specific injury information, has been released by the club, Anderson skating is the best possible sign. Better still is the word that Peter Mueller should be able to return to the team at some point this season.

While that sounds vague at best, it does displace the theory that his career was in jeopardy from the severity of his situation. Marc Savard from the Boston Bruins suffered a concussion last season and has yet to return and former Av Ian Laperriére has all but officially retired after a series of injuries including a puck to the face and a concussion have physically crippled him since last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It may not look like it now, but things are starting to look up for the Colorado Avalanche. With another full day off before they face the Canucks, look for some of those lingering injuries to heal up before the hungry young team takes the ice.

What do you think? Are concussions the most prevalent injury in the NHL?