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Wild's Sheppard fractures kneecap

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Minnesota Wild center James Sheppard has a fractured left kneecap and there is no timetable for his return.

The team disclosed the injury Tuesday. It said Sheppard was hurt in an off-ice accident on Saturday night in Vail, Colo., but did not say what happened.

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Sheppard is a former first-round draft pick who has been slow to develop in the Wild organization.

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