Blue Jackets' Horton suffering from lingering back issue, will be limited in training camp

Sept 17, 5:30 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton is suffering from a lingering back issue and will be limited in his physical activities once training camp begins, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen revealed Wednesday.

Horton was severely limited in his first season with the Blue Jackets, missing the start of the 2013-14 regular season due to shoulder surgery, and later sidelined with an abdominal injury. 

The good news here is that Horton has fully recovered from both, but the onslaught of a whole new injury is cause for concern as camp begins.

Horton scored five goals and added 14 assists in 36 games last season, and is set to enter the second year of a seven-year, $37.1-million deal with the Blue Jackets.

Sept 18, 4:02 PM

Blue Jackets' Horton won't have back surgery but may reportedly miss start of regular season

Sept 18, 4:02 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton is dealing with a back injury, writes The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline, and there's good news and bad news. 

Let's get the bad news out of the way first: Horton "may miss the early stages of the regular season," according to Portzline. 

The good news: 

While it was reported Wednesday that Horton will be limited in training camp (you can read details below), Portzline writes that "it's doubtful (Horton) takes part in training camp" at all. 

The bottom line: Horton simply can't stay healthy. He played 36 games last season (scoring only five goals), and has played 80 or more games in a season once since 2008-09. 

Horton, 29, is due to make $6 million this season and is under contract through 2019-20 with a cap hit of $5.3 million. 

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