Predators captain Shea Weber returned to the practice ice Friday after missing a week with lingering effects from taking a puck to the eye.

The 28-year-old defenseman also made the trip to Washington with teammates on Friday afternoon and could return to action against the Capitals Saturday after a three-game absence.

“Today was a good day,” said Weber, who suffered the injury in a 3-0 loss to Edmonton on Thanksgiving night. “It was good to be back out there with the guys and skate with them and hopefully move forward going ahead this week.”

Weber’s playing status will be determined this morning, coach Barry Trotz said.

“When he gets up in the morning and we can do our meetings and all, I’m sure I’ll know at that point,” he said.

Weber said the pain in the eye has subsided and that problems with his vision have cleared up over recent days. He’s been told that his vision will not be affected over the long-term.

“When you can’t see, it is pretty scary,” he said. “Apparently I was very lucky, and it was just a little blood in the eye and it should all go away and be fine with time. … I’m lucky that it wasn’t worse.”

When he does return to the ice, Weber will sport a new look — a visor attached to his helmet.

“It will be weird, but you have got to do it at certain times,” Weber said. “There are different tournaments I have played in where I’ve had to wear a visor for a bit. It is going to take a little while to get used to, and then hopefully it is not a bother at all.”

While he did not commit to wearing the visor forever, he made it clear that it will be something he tries to get used to and will be worn for the foreseeable future.

If there is any concern by Trotz that Weber will be hesitant in his return, the coach isn’t showing it.