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Chris Pronger’s ‘Virus’ Now Deemed ‘Concussion-Like’

Dec 9, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

Paul Holmgren has updated Chris Pronger's status to say that while his knee is improving, "he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms."

The various
maladies that have kept Chris Pronger from the Flyers’ lineup for
stretches of this season have ranged from obvious (stick in eye) to
curious (an unspecified virus) to surprising (a knee injury requiring
surgery disclosed during the time off due to the virus). Now, while
Pronger is on the shelf for at least a month following the knee surgery,
Paul Holmgren has updated his status to say that while Pronger’s knee
is improving, “he has struggled with other issues that are
concussion-like symptoms.”

He’ll undergo further evaluation and is listed as out indefinitely.

Rookie Brayden Schenn is also missing from the lineup due to what is believed to be a mild concussion.

Head
injuries, in particular concussions, are increasingly being looked at
with great scrutiny, with teams and leagues taking strict measures to
keep players out of the lineup if any symptoms are found or reported.
While we hope Pronger’s symptoms and their cause will clear up during
the time he is already schedule to be off, it’s a bit worrisome that
he’s already been called out indefinitely despite not being scheduled to
return for several weeks. Perhaps it’s part of what the team must do
with a concussed player (in terms of verbiage, at least). Also puzzling
is what the Flyers knew and when, or what initiated and is causing the
symptoms. Are they lingering after effects of the stick to the eye? A
run of the mill hit that went unnoticed? We don’t expect much to be
cleared up anytime soon, but one thing is increasingly clear—the Flyers
need to continue to prepare for life without Pronger.