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Beagle cleared for contact

Dec 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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How appropriate. On the heels of a story about a neurologist wanting to ban fighting comes news via that Capitals forward Jay Beagle has been cleared for contact.

Beagle, you’ll no doubt remember, suffered a concussion when he was knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham on Oct. 13.

While many of the concussions we’ve seen this season have been suffered on freak plays – Claude Giroux getting kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds, Chris Pronger taking a stick in the eye from Mikhail Grabovski,  Milan Michalek colliding with teammate Erik Karlsson – Beagle’s was a direct result of a fight.

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