Injuries, wear, and travel kept a handful of players from participating in first day of preseason

Klute, O'Neill, Mullan, Mwanga, Powers, Brown, Griffiths and Armstrong sat out of first day

It's a long way until March 15.

With preseason just getting underway, any player with ailments or injuries will be given plenty of time to fully recover before taking part in full contact sessions.

As such, a handful of players watched Wednesday's first preseason session from the sidelines.

Chris Klute and Shane O'Neill also sat out and will be slowly brought back into the fold after returning from a three-week training camp with the U.S. Men's National Team. Deshorn Brown worked out inside after returning from Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday night.