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11-21-2005, 02:44 PM
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Good News Bad News (injuries!)
Desjardins and Kapanen Close to Return; Savage and Seidenberg Out
Voorhees, NJ – It was a good news-bad news day at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone, as Sami Kapanen and Eric Desjardins could be in the lineup as soon as Tuesday when the Flyers face the Tampa Bay Lightning. Unfortunately, however, Dennis Seidenberg and Brian Savage will be out of the lineup with a broken wrist and a sprained knee, respectively.
The Flyers also got a scare when rookie center Mike Richards fell awkwardly into the boards during the skate and had to leave after jamming his right wrist. Richards, however, saw the doctor and his x-rays came back negative and he is probable for Tuesday’s game.
Flyers Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin updated the media about the injured players following Monday’s practice.
On Mike Richards:
Jim McCrossin: “I just spoke with the doctors, and the X-rays right now are negative. Right now, it’s a sprain. Dr. [Bill] DeLong looked at it and said that everything checked out and he’s able to play tomorrow.
“Right now we’re anticipating that he can play. If he wakes up and he’s in excruciating pain, I’ll send him over for a bone scan and that can all change, but at this point, we’ve got approval that he can play.”
Sami Kapanen could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday against Tampa Bay
On Sami Kapanen:
JM: “I’m bringing Sami over to see Dr. Peter DeLuca today. It will be nine weeks tomorrow, and you see him out there. He’s ready to go, but the only concern we have is the integrity of the repair. His strength and endurance in his shoulder is looking great. All of his testing he passed two weeks ago, so he’s just been biting at the bit ready to go. We’re hoping that he gets cleared for tomorrow, but that’s up to Dr. DeLuca. What am I anticipating? I think he’ll be cleared for tomorrow or when we play Friday against Boston.”
On Eric Desjardins:
JM: “Eric was cleared to go ahead with contact for today. Over the past couple days he’s been feeling great. He has to go see Dr. Gerri McGuinness for the neuro-psyche test. He will do his baseline testing again and after that he’ll go see Dr. [Gary] Dorshimer and if everything goes well he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.”
On Dennis Seidenberg:
JM: “I just spoke with our team hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham. Midway in the third period Dennis took a slash in Pittsburgh. We brought him back here and had him seen by our doctor, and Dr. DeLong wanted to have an x-ray taken. We had that done early this morning, and it showed that he broke off a (bone) in his right hand. We sent the x-rays down to Dr. Graham and he’s going to perform surgery. What it’s going to require is just a small pin being placed in there. By pinning it, the time out is going to be about two-to-three weeks.”
On Keith Primeau:
JM: “He’s in the building today. Over the past couple of days he’s been building up his cycling. He’s not ready to go back and get tested at this point. Right now, today his head was clear of pressure, and as he would say he’s symptom free, which is good. After biking a little bit, he was…how can you say it…he calls it ‘busy eyes.’ There may have been a little spinning. He stopped for a couple minutes, went back and finished his bike ride. He was up to 30 minutes today biking.
“What we’re looking at now, and Keith will agree with this, is that we’re having bigger blocks of time where he’s symptom free. So, what does that mean? With head injuries, it doesn’t really mean anything. We’re just going to take it one day at a time and progress him nice and slow. Tomorrow we’re going to get on the light board and start allowing him to do eye-tracking to see if he’s able to start doing that. If he’s able to do that, it’s a plus for us.”
On Brian Savage:
JM: “He has a grade one MCL sprain of his knee. I’d say 10-to-14 days is accurate.”
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