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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Flyers' Read reportedly dealing with concussion


By on 1/09/2014 10:31:00 AM

When it comes to concussions, things are not always as they appear.

Philadelphia Flyers' centerman Matt Read was held out of the team's match with the Colorado Avalanche last Thursday as "a precaution" after suffering what was termed an upper-body injury on New Years' Eve at Calgary, and was considered a game-time decision for the Flyers' game at Phoenix on Saturday.

Read hasn't played since, and left practice on Saturday after falling ill just minutes into the session, prompting the team to place Read on the league's concussion protocol, though there was no evidence on replays that suggest he took a shot to the head.

Flyers' General Manager Paul Holmgren addressed the media in regard to Read's status on Wednesday night, claiming that the symptoms of concussion didn't initially manifest themselves, but that things are now different.

“He’s not doing too good, It’s safe to say he has symptoms of a concussion. Initially, he passed all the tests that are required by the protocol. Right now, he doesn’t feel right. It’s all likely concussion related,” - Holmgren

Read is getting neither better, nor worse according to Coach Craig Berube, and missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday night.

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