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Shea Weber’s potential quick comeback seems risky

Dec 28, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

Shea Weber AP

The news of Shea Weber being diagnosed with a concussion got the hockey world to feel terrible about head injuries all over again yesterday. Weber has been out of action since being hit by Mark Fistric last Friday, but there’s a chance he won’t be out of action very long.

Predators coach Barry Trotz said that there’s a chance Weber could play on Friday night against St. Louis but you can’t help but feel that that might be a bad idea.

Yes, the Predators obviously missed Weber’s presence against Detroit on Monday night and if one game was a sufficient sample size it showed how much he means to the team.  A guy of his size and with how he plays, however, not giving him a bit more time to recover from a concussion, no matter how slight it may be, can’t be a bad thing.

Getting Weber back on the ice is key to the success of the Predators, but having him out there to potentially get dinged again and put out of action even longer is a huge risk for both player and team.

Erring on the side of caution with concussions is never a bad thing, we suggested the same care for Claude Giroux a couple weeks ago, but Weber’s abilities make his situation more daunting. Giroux isn’t a physical force on the ice the way Weber is.

Different guys handle concussions differently, we just hope Weber’s speedy recovery is thanks to him being healthy and not him putting his health at risk for the team.

  1. richie500 - Dec 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    When is the NHL going to do something about concussions? It’s ruining the league!
    There’s never stories about good games anymore, just injuries.
    Owners have to bite the bullet and make the rinks bigger, the guys are to big and fast for this ice surface!

  2. lsxphotog - Dec 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Having suffered from two concussion when I was younger, most of the symptoms for me were gone within a few days…I have been rocked plenty of times and didn’t have another one after the two when I was about 16. I hope he doesn’t take any risks by coming back too early…Giroux I feel has proven how quickly some people can bounce back from a concussion.

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