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Devils concerned Clowe might be out long-term, Merrill may also have concussion

Nov 4, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils provided two concussion-related updates regarding injured players to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti on Monday.

It was good news/bad news regarding Ryane CloweGM Lou Lamoriello admitted to Gulitti that there’s “always” concern about a player with Clowe’s history of head injuries being out long-term. On the other hand, Lamoriello believes that the 31-year-old “absolutely” feels better now that he’s working out again.

“If he didn’t feel better, he couldn’t be doing anything,” Lamoriello said.

Meanwhile, there’s still concern that Jon Merrill might have suffered a concussion of his own thanks to Sunday’s spill. That comes even though the 21-year-old passed baseline tests last night.

“We’re having him examined today,” Lamoriello said. “He’s fine. He came back with us. All the tests done were good, but he got a pretty good jolt.”

Either way, the Devils are hurting right now. At least they get until Thursday to heal up a bit.

  1. 950003cups - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Lou had to have factored this in when he overpaid for Clowe. My guess, after being a fan for so long is, he needed some time to develop some of the youth, then as soon as Clowe was injured with a concussion, he knew he could make it long term, because you wont find a doctor in this country that would sign off on a 4th concussion in a year without waiting a significant amount of time just to cover his butt from a lawsuit.

    Only, it happned VERY fast. Now we have nobody to bring in.

  2. 7mantel - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Clowe fan !Clowe should retire before he forgets what sport he played !

  3. skr213 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I loved Clowe here in SJ, but man did we let him go at the right time. I hope he hangs them up before there’s serious long term damage.

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