Good. Callahan needs to wait till he is fully healed before coming back.
If he's been cleared for contact he's already fully healed. Perhaps his strength and/or conditioning have a ways to go, but the doctors have apparently determined that he is no longer at risk of re-injuring his shoulder. Otherwise they wouldn't let him get involved in physical contact.
Carl Hagelin won’t be eligible to make his season debut until the Rangers’ 11th game on Oct. 29 at Nassau Coliseum, against the Islanders, after being placed on long term injury reserve Monday in conjunction with the submission of the club’s 2013-14 roster.
But the news is better concerning Ryan Callahan, the Blueshirts’ other winger with a wounded wing, who was put on injured reserve and thus will be eligible to play as soon as he is deemed fit by the medical and training staff.
The captain has been ruled out of Thursday night’s opener in Phoenix, but may be able to play as soon as next week’s California Tour when the Blueshirts will be in L.A. on Monday, San Jose on Tuesday and Anaheim on Oct. 10.
Hagelin and Callahan both underwent surgeries to repair damaged labrums immediately following the Rangers’ second-round elimination by the Bruins. The surgery on Hagelin was more complex than the one on Callahan. Thus, the longer recovery time.
Recovery from a labrum tear surgery is three-pronged.
1. With time, the cartilage is fully healed and has fully reattached to the bone. The anchors have fully dissolved. The shoulder can withstand contact without fear of slippage or dislocation. Usually 3-6 months post-op. This is where Callahan and Hagelin are today.
2. With PT, scar tissue is minimized and the shoulder regains full range of motion. This can take anywhere from 1 month to 1 year post-op depending on the extent of damage, the style of PT, and the type of patient.
3. With strength training, patient regains full strength in the bicep, tricep, and deltoid. This can take anywhere from 6-12 months post-op.
You can tell that this team missed Callahan last night.
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