McQuaid/By S. Bradley

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was only briefly on the ice for Bruins practice today in Nashville, where Boston will take on the Predators tomorrow night.

Head coach Claude Julien told the media he didn’t like the way the rookie was responding to playing through some bruises. So he sent McQuaid off.

“He seems to be getting in the way of other teams’ shots all the time, which is a good thing for us,” the coach told the assembled media. “But I think today would’ve just made it worse. Those bruises, you’ve got to let them heal sometimes, especially when they’re around the foot area.”

As of this afternoon, Julien didn’t anticipate McQuaid’s bruises affecting his availability for Thursday night’s game.