Lars Eller says it is possible he could play Sunday against the Flyers

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Lars Eller says it is possible he could play Sunday originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Capitals center Lars Eller was a full participant in practice Saturday and said it is possible he could return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers (12 p.m., NBC).

"I think there's a possibility I play," Eller said after practice. "I'm going to talk to the coaches here after, but been improving every day and I felt good in practice today being able to move and everything so it was a good day today."

Eller has not played since January 26 when he took a hit from behind into the boards from New York Islanders forward Leo Komarov. Eller has taken part in practice for several days in a non-contact jersey, but Saturday was his first time back as a full participant.

Getting Eller back would be a huge boost to the lineup considering the team's lack of depth at the position. With both Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov out, T.J. Oshie, a winger, has been playing center on the second line. It would also mean the Caps would be able to put out a full lineup instead of being forced into playing 11 forwards and seven defenseman like they did on Thursday in a loss to the New York Rangers.

Head coach Peter Laviolette was noncommittal on Eller's status for Sunday and the status of the team's other injured players

"Right now there's a lot of question marks inside the room," Laviolette said, "So I'm just going to put a swipe out there and say day-to-day."

That would include Justin Schultz (upper-body) and Conor Sheary (lower-body), both of whom did not practice Saturday.

Oshie and Jakub Vrana were also absent from Saturday's practice as both were given maintenance days. Both are expected to play Sunday.