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‘Hawks Crawford cleared, won’t say if he had concussion

Feb 21, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

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Corey Crawford is ready for action.

That’s the word out of Chicago on Thursday as the ‘Hawks goalie announced he’s been cleared to return after sitting out the last three games.

Crawford was out with an upper-body injury — as to what the injury was and when it happened, well, your guess is as good as any.

The 28-year-old ‘tender wouldn’t tell reporters whether he had a concussion or not. Earlier, head coach Joel Quenneville offered shifty responses upon being asked when Crawford got hurt, saying it was either in last Tuesday’s game versus Anaheim or during last Thursday’s practice.

In related news, forward Marian Hossa returned to practice today after leaving Tuesday’s game against Vancouver with an apparent head injury due to a collision with Canucks forward Jannik Hansen.

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc, Hossa “passed some concussion tests today and will undergo more tomorrow” before deciding if he’ll play Friday against the Sharks.

As for Crawford, he won’t be returning to the pipes tomorrow night when the ‘Hawks take on the Sharks at the United Center. Ray Emery will make his fourth straight start.

  1. chicagobtech - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I think it’s safe to say when the Ducks player was blocked into Crawford, and hit him in the upper body/head, is when he was injured.

  2. thomaspratt - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Another one? Never change, Hawks medical staff!

    Some enterprising personal injury lawyer is going to fine one or more of Crawford, Hossa, Bolland, Seabrook, et al to join a post retirement suit alleging that the Hawks reckless disregard for players’ head injuries has compromised their well being

  3. thehighcountrybear - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Tough call for the personal injury lawyers…until pro sports do bench mark concussion testing before the players put on jerseys, the owners can always mitigate damages by arguing pre-existing conditions. Hockey and football players have extensive high contact careers before they get a look at a pro contract…

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