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Turns out Pronger’s ‘mystery illness’ is a concussion

Dec 9, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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Some bizarre news out of Philadelphia today as Flyers GM Paul Holmgren updated the health of defenseman Chris Pronger.

While Chris’ knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms,” Holmgren told the Flyers website. “Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out indefinitely.”

This is a shocking turn of events. On Dec. 1, Pronger discussed a ‘mystery illness’ with CSN Philadelphia and talked about the concussion baseline test he underwent.

“I just didn’t feel well, I didn’t know what it was,” Pronger said. “I never felt like that before with headaches and nausea, and that stuff. I had a concussion baseline test and passed that…I got lightheaded, had headaches, you’re nauseous.”

Pundits are now trying to piece together the last two months and figure out what happened, when it happened and how it happened. Here’s TSN’s Bob McKenzie:


If this is the case, questions will be asked of the Philadelphia organization. Pronger was out of the lineup 16 days (six games) after suffering the eye injury but proceeded to play huge minutes upon rejoining the team. In his final game — a 6-4 loss to Winnipeg on Nov. 19 — Pronger played a season-high 26:41.

This year has been an injury nightmare for Pronger. In addition to the eye injury and concussion, he also underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Not good. Not good @ all. I believe baby Schenn is suffering from the same thing. Not good.

  2. lsxphotog - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    While I dislike Pronger as a player, I hate that this happened. He’s a good guy toward the end of his career and stuff like this never bodes well for older players.

  3. paulsdamnblog - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Hate when things like this happen. Pronger, Laperriere, Primeau… Good guys, great in their own right, really hope this isn’t the end of the line.

  4. 187onsandusky - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Of course he passed a baseline test. That’s the one they use to compare to see if you have had a concussion. The results aren’t compared to anything so it is virtually impossible to fail.

    • vanchuk - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      actually they compare it to a test the same player took pre-concussion. its not something that has any definite answers, but it gives doctors a pretty good indication of whether or not the player has suffered any brain trauma.

  5. bcisleman - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Methinks Holmgren & Co better start preparing for the post-Pronger era. Might have been wiser to use that CLB pick on Dougie Hamilton.

  6. drillsetc - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Concussions are a real problem in today’s NHL. The players are so big, the rinks are still small and the equipment is also a concern in terms of the damage it can inflict.

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