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A broken foot doesn’t stop James Neal from practicing, says he will play tonight

Jan 10, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

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James Neal may be made of sterner stuff than most humans.

After the Penguins reported the other day that he broke his foot and could be out for a substantial amount of time, leave it to Neal to show up on the ice at Penguins practice this morning.

According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he was skating on his normal line with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz as well as working on their first power play unit.

With all of that going on, it’s hard to imagine that Neal will be out of the lineup tonight’s game against Ottawa and as he told Pens staffers afterward, he’s good to go tonight.

It’s a medical marvel that Neal will play tonight but unlike their other injury problems, perhaps the initial diagnosis for Neal was a bit hasty.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    well thats good news i guess until he breaks his foot in half totally trying to be a hero. hope he is still effective and not a liability.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      They’re saying that it’s actually a bone bruise – no fracture of any kind. So medically speaking (and this is just to my understnading, unlike seemingly 80% of the people who post here I am NOT a Doctor…) if he can play through the pain there isn’t any real increased risk of further injury.

      This is a big step (pun most certainly intended) to endearing yourself to a fanbase that loves tough guys.

      • stakex - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        That would make sense. I’m sorry, but no team would let a player play with a broken foot. If hes playing tonight, his foot is not broken.

  2. abrienza428 - Jan 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Weird. Glad to see he’s playing though.

  3. psujay - Jan 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    In the NBA this would be a 6 month injury.

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