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‘I’m not a doctor’ — Nash can’t say if he has a concussion

Feb 26, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT


Injured forward Rick Nash was back on the ice this morning at Rangers practice, but afterwards he wasn’t sharing any specifics about his ailment.

“I feel good,” Nash said, per “It’s getting better … it’s a positive day, for sure … I don’t know about [playing] tonight, but definitely a good day.”

Nash has missed the last three games with what, according to ESPN, is “believed to be a concussion.”

So, is it a concussion?

“Um, I’m not a doctor, so it’s tough for me to analyze that,” Nash said, per ESPN’s Katie Strang.

In other possible concussion news, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh wasn’t skating this morning.

New York hosts Winnipeg tonight.

  1. cruuuzcontrol - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I’m a Ranger fan, and I like Torts, but this is inexcusable from the top right on down. Nash obviously was suffering from concussion-like symptoms, yet they still had him finish the Boston game and play over 20 minutes against the Islanders and Capitals. I get it… He’s the Rangers’ best offensive player and is thus incredibly important to their success (see: the last 3 games)… But this is such a bad situation to put yourself given the current climate with concussions. Heck, it was a bad idea even before the current climate for concussions. I just shake my head at the whole thing. They probably did more damage letting Nash play than they would have if they just followed the head injury procedure immediately after Monster Man Lucic smashed his head into the glass.

    • rpiotr01 - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Could not have said it better. This is a black eye for the org, it’s shady. Are you going to risk his long term health for a couple games in what’s looking more and more like a lost season?

    • stakex - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      First of all, while its highly speculated to be a concussion…. no one knows if thats what actually wrong with Nash for sure. Second, concussions aren’t cut and dry injuries. Sometimes there are no symptoms at first, or they aren’t bad enough for the player to say anything. Just look when Crosby had his. Everyone knows it happened when he ran into Steckel during the Winter Classic… but he still played afterward, and it only became pronounced after a very light hit from Hedman almost a week later. do you honestly think the Pens let him play knowing he had a concussion? Of course not… and I highly doubt the Rangers let Nash play with one either. The risk just isn’t worth it.

      Also, theres no proof at all that Nash was hurt on the Lucic hit… thats just more fan/media speculation.

  2. fahmundamahbalsaq - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV and Torts has officially wore out his welcome. His act wears thin quickly. Next!

  3. jb8383 - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Aren’t there now new league rules about head injuries that all teams have to follow? Don’t they now have to report it if there was a concussion? I’m not sure of the exact rules but I know that there were changes which I think stemmed from Crosby’s concussion. Also his answer “I’m not a doctor” is shady, I’m sure he saw a doctor and the doctor told him if he did or did not have a concussion. I don’t get why they are hiding it.

  4. colby7 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    NYR could benifit from a player/doctor, paging Dr. Rechi?

  5. 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    “Um, I’m not a doctor, so it’s tough for me to analyze that”

    OK Dick Rash! Then just tell us what the doctor that diagnosed you said. DUH!

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