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Flyers’ Simmonds practices fully: ‘I feel ready to play’

Feb 8, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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Philadelphia forward Wayne Simmonds doffed his non-contact jersey for Friday’s practice and said he’s feeling good prior to Saturday’s home date with Carolina.

“I feel good. I guess Lavy [coach Peter Laviolette] will tell me later tonight,” he told CSN Philadelphia about facing the ‘Canes. “It’s only right to wait until you are fully recovered until you come back. For me, this was my first concussion, so obviously I wanted to wait until I felt comfortable.

“I feel good, I feel ready to play, but then again it is up to the coaching staff.”

CSN’s Tim Panaccio noted that while Simmonds didn’t absorb much contact Friday, it was the most he’s taken since getting concussed on a John Erskine elbow a week ago.

Simmonds said it was the first concussion of his career, but noted he didn’t have any residual effects, like headaches.

It’s clear he wants back in the lineup.

Simmonds scored five points in his first eight games of the season, playing his usual robust, physical style.

The Flyers have missed his presence, but also done a good job of securing points without him, going 2-0-1 during his absence.

“It sucks watching,” Simmonds said. “The boys have done a good job and playing unbelievable hockey, of late.”

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