Brent Burns is making progress in his recovery from unspecified facial injuries, Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Friday, but no decision has been made as to whether the free-wheeling forward will join the team on its upcoming five-game trip.

"He's progressing. Today's practice was a man's practice, and he participated fully in it. That's a good step for him," McLellan said, before qualifying his statement by saying Burns took part "as full as he possibly can without really getting drilled. He was involved in some battle drills."

Burns has missed eight games with what started out as a stick to the mouth in the Oct. 12 game against the Ottawa Senators, but apparently developed into a sinus and nasal problem as well.