Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said Sunday his sprained right knee is feeling better, but he's still not ready to go back on the ice and doesn't expect to play this week.

Brodeur confirmed what was suspected from the start. What Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello called a "non-operable" sprain is a sprained medial collateral ligament.

"That's what I sprained," Brodeur said after doing his rehab work Sunday at Prudential Center. "If I wasn't a goalie, I think it would be different to get back and do different things, but the positions that I have to put myself in [as a goalie], right now it doesn't feel quite good enough to try it. I don't want to get back and hurt it again."

Brodeur has missed three games since he was injured eight days ago in Montreal, when his right leg got caught under him while making a save on Tomas Plekanec. He missed six games in 2005-06, when he sprained the same MCL in the same knee.

Brodeur said there's no timetable for his return.

"I really don't know," he said. "It could be maybe three or four days or it could be another week. I don't know, but I don't think it's something that could be a lot longer."