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Detroit’s Eaves on concussion-related headaches: “I have one pretty much all of the time”

Feb 16, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller AP

Some unsettling news out of Detroit regarding the health of Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves.

Eaves, who suffered a fractured jaw and concussion after taking a Roman Josi slapshot to the head on Nov. 26, is still dealing with constant pain and discomfort.

“I’m dealing with a lot of headaches right now, but yeah, it’s getting better, slowly,” Eaves told DetroitRedWings.com. “I have one pretty much all of the time.”

Eaves underwent surgery to repair his jaw on Nov. 28 and allowed several weeks of healing before resuming any physical activity. While he’s kept it light for the most part, the 27-year-old seems pleased with even the slightest bit of regular exercise — riding a stationary bike and once strapping on the skates (which was more “therapeutic” than anything, he said.)

“Yeah, it definitely helps to do the same routine that I was accustomed to,” Eaves explained. “I can cruise on the bike a little bit, but nothing too crazy.”

Wings GM Ken Holland said there’s no timetable for Eaves’ return and that the organization will “be real conservative with him.”

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  1. hockinj25 - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    It looked really, really bad at first (just look at the picture). I hope he gets better in time for the playoffs but that’s looking doubtful right now

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