Sean Couturier, was the only one wearing the yellow, "non-contact" jersey in practice. Couturier began skating again on Dec. 23 for the first time since being hit in the helmet with a Kimmo Timonen slap shot on Dec. 17.
He has never actually been diagnosed with a concussion, but Couturier is likely to remain out at least through tonight's game.
"We're going day-by-day," Couturier said. "Last Friday was just the first time in a week, and I felt off-balance a little bit. I feel better now. It depends on how my head reacts."
Tonight against the Penguins, Couturier returns to the Flyers lineup after missing four games with a bruised head.
Couturier was struck by a shot from teammate Kimmo Timonen that afternoon against the Boston Bruins. Incredibly, instead of sustaining a concussion, the puck hit him above the left arm on his helmet, leaving him bruised and very sore with two stitches to close a wound.
“When it happened, I didn’t think about it being a concussion and I didn’t feel too bad but it was still painful,” he said.
What raised the alarms bells, however, was a ringing sensation in his left ear and lack of hearing that he said didn’t seem to get better over the next several days.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 12-29-2011 at 12:44 PM.
On 24/7, Couturier said he didn't have a concussion and passed all the tests, but said he still had trouble hearing out of that ear. I think all of us medical genius fans tend to think head injury = concussion, but that's not always the case. Just because he doesn't have a concussion, or at least not a typical one, doesn't take away from the fact that he got nailed in the head.
I'm assuming the lines will look like that tonight. Which would be fantastic.
If those were the lines I would shart my pants with glee. Schenn really needs to play down the middle to be effective. It's going to be hard to break up Voracek and talbot, but Schenn could be the perfect centre.