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02-14-2013, 09:36 AM
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Now confirmed. From Tim P.:
Meszaros skating and wearing "no contact" bumble bee jersey

VOORHEES, N.J. – Andrej Meszaros was back skating with his Flyers teammates for the first time Thursday, but cautioned that he’s still a ways away from getting back to game action.

“I feel I am progressing,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not where I want to be, as yet. We’ll see how the next few weeks go.”

And that’s about where he is with his recovery – still 2-to-3 weeks away.

Nevertheless, it was a positive sign for the Flyers that he was back on the ice, even if he was wearing the canary yellow, no-contact practice jersey.

At the very least, Meszaros can keep his conditioning level up to snuff by being able to skate, even if his left shoulder isn’t close to being ready.

The Flyers would like to have him back in the lineup in time for an important stretch of games against the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and Boston immediately after the Flyers Wives Carnival.

But Meszaros will return when he’s ready, and not before.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” he said. “When we didn’t play with the lockout, I wanted to play games in Europe and it didn’t happen. So the focus was get healthy and try to start the season on time, which I did.

“That was very good for me, but to come out [again] after four games, it’s frustrating and bad luck, I guess. What are you going to do? That’s the way it is. Hockey is a physical sport. Injuries are going to happen. It’s unfortunate to me that this happened back-to-back – the Achilles and the shoulder. I try not to think about it. I try to stay positive and do rehab every day. Maybe it’s a good thing I can get ready right now and get my rehab in for the stretch run.”

On Thursday, Meszaros rejoined his teammates for practice wearing the “no contact” yellow jersey.

He spent about 25 minutes doing drills with teammates after a previous 35-minute workout with a couple coaches and scratched players.

Today represented his third time on the ice. So where is Meszaros in his recovery timeline?

“Tough to say,” he replied. “I feel I am progressing. Obviously, I’m not where I want to be, as yet. We’ll see how the next few weeks go.”

Meszaros injured his left shoulder on Jan. 24 against the Rangers when checked into the boards by the Rangers’ Ryan Callahan at the end of the second period of would become a 2-1 Flyers’ victory.

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