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09-30-2011, 11:37 AM
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Well this sheds a little light on what has been going on

Staal confirmed that the headaches are post-concussion symptoms stem from the hit his brother, Eric of the Hurricanes, laid on him on Feb. 22. And he said he did not skate this week as he recovered from a cortisone shot on Monday. He had an MRI on his neck on Friday, then flew to Buffalo to see a specialist on Monday. Staal said when he was examined on Friday, the MRI showed something in his neck, some pressure on his nerves, that could possibly be affecting him so a cortisone shot was prescribed. He was told to remain off the ice for at least 48 hours after the shot.
So that's why he hasn't been skating this week and probably why Sather made some comments about how they aren't sure it's concussion symptoms, etc. Guessing that everyone is hoping that relieving the pressure in his neck will let him practice without getting headaches

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