Word began to surface late Thursday afternoon that Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was going to be out indefinitely due to his various ailments, including the concussion-type symptoms he was recently experiencing.
That wasn't really anything new, as he was already out of the lineup and the team had already announced that he would be indefinitely. But then Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren addressed the media Thursday evening, just after the team faced off against the Montreal Canadiens, and dropped the bombshell that the veteran defenseman will be sidelined for the remainder of the season as well as the playoffs.
“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins," Holmgren said, "it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome. It is the recommendation of Doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs. Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”
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In 13 games this season Pronger scored one goal to go with 11 assists.
Concussions have been sweeping like wildfire across the NHL over the past couple of weeks, something the Flyers currently know all too well. Along with Pronger, they're also playing without forwards Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn, both out with concussions.
Nobody seems to know for sure when Pronger suffered the concussion that has now ended his season, but he's had a lengthy list of injuries this season. Earlier in the year he was sidelined after taking a stick in the face, and was most recently out due to a procedure on his knee. It wasn't until after that procedure that we first heard about his concussion symptoms.
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