Franson (upper body) wasn't on the ice for Saturday's practice, which indicates he won't be available for Sunday's matchup with the Wild, NHL.com's Tracey Myers reports.
The 30-year-old blueliner will almost certainly miss a fourth consecutive game Sunday due to the upper-body injury he suffered Dec. 8 against the Sabres. Jordan Oesterle has played well in Franson's absence, so the veteran defender could be the odd man out once he's cleared to play.
Franson (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
The journeyman, who's belonged to four different clubs since the Predators originally selected him in the third round of the 2005 draft, will at least miss Thursday's game against the Jets in Winnipeg due to his IR status. In a corresponding move, the Blackhawks recalled Ville Pokka from AHL Rockford.
The severity of Franson's ailment remains unclear, but the veteran blueliner should be considered questionable at best for Thursday's matchup with the Jets at this juncture. Jordan Oesterle will continue to occupy Franson's spot in the lineup until he's given the green light to return.
This news came from Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who added, "He looked like he was in some pain out there," presumably referring to Friday's game against the Sabres, when Franson sustained the ailment and was limited to a season-low 8:48 of ice time. Consider the veteran day-to-day until further notice.
Franson (upper body) will miss Sunday's home tilt against Arizona, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Franson likely suffered the injury Friday against Buffalo, when he saw less than nine minutes of time on ice. After having initially struggled to crack the Chicago lineup, Franson has earned the trust of head coach Joel Quenneville, who's deployed Franson on the top pairing as of late. With Franson unavailable, Jordan Oesterle will suit up against Arizona.