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Downie to miss third straight with concussion

Nov 7, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT


The Philadelphia Flyers will be without Steve Downie again on Thursday when they take on the Devils.

Downie, acquired last week from Colorado, was hurt in his first game with the Flyers during a fight with Washington forward Aaron Volpatti. Downie suffered a concussion during the scrap and was sent to the hospital following the game for observation.

The 26-year-old has since missed Philadelphia’s last two games, a 1-0 win over the Devils and a 2-1 OT loss to Carolina.

“Steve continues to show improvement,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in a statement on Wednesday. “He skated today and will again tomorrow.

“His status is day-to-day.”

(Photo courtesy CSN Philly’s Sarah Baicker)

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    man, I don’t see how that punch that landed caused that much damage to his brain/eye. I know Volpatti has some fightin’ hands, but I didn’t know they’d do THAT.

    • joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Hey! It doesn’t take much for the brain to suffer damage. In now way am I comparing a hockey punch to one delivered by a boxer, but you can draw enough conclusions on your own to understand the implications of a punch to the head/helmet. And if a concussion goes undetected as a result of a fight, then it has been proven that the chances of that player suffering another concussion are greater. This is why I have written here before that anyone who is assessed a major for fighting must undergo ImPACT testing.

      The Sahlgrenska researchers concluded that a punch by a professional boxer can be as powerful as a 13 pound bowling ball traveling at 18 miles per hour.

  2. amityvillefun - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Another concussion to an NHL player?

    Big surprise. Keep doing nothing NHL and the future alumni games are going to be filled with players that can’t do basic math or remember their mother’s names.

    Apparently, the well being and future cognitive skills of their players means very little to the NHL brass. Just bring in the money NHL players and don’t worry about your brains being moosh when you retire.

    • amityvillefun - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Thumbs down all you want…but how many concussions have we seen this NHL season alone…and it is only the beginning of November?

      Yeah, OK, it’s obviously not a problem. Just ignore it and it will go away.

      Ask Savard how he is doing lately. Fools.

      • amityvillefun - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      • hockey412 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        I think they should eliminate heads in hockey. If you bring your head to the rink, you aren’t playing. That simple.

        Actually not to be insensitive to your point, but as we see more emphasis being put on concussions, we also see an increase in reported cases. Five years ago a player could be bleeding from the ears and the coach would just ask him if he was alright…if the answer was yes, back on the ice he goes. These days any substantial contact will get you a trip to the dark room, and if the team fails to do that they are heavily scrutinized.

      • magicrat13 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        ^^^ how to make friends and influence people…

    • joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      You’re obviously well versed in the subject of concussions and their degenerative effects over time. Unfortunately, the NHL brass is more interested in profiting from their product than they are protecting it. Akin to the NFL until they were called to congress. Perhaps it will take a hearing in congress for the NHL to clean up their act.m or worse, someone to die on the ice in the NHL because that in any other league is still not an eye opener. Keep up the good and intelligent posts.

  3. amityvillefun - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    The game has changed as the years have gone on. It has become faster, the players have become bigger and stronger which means the hits are more damaging.

    I love the NHL. I’ve watched it since I was a kid. I love the body checks, the speed and the finesse. However, seeing so many players having their skulls knocked in should be a cause for concern.

    We aren’t talking about a nagging knee injury that aches when it rains. We aren’t talking about having to get a bridge to fix some broken teeth. These are the guys brains – those can’t be fixed.

    • amityvillefun - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Whatever. Nice to know that NHL “fans” truly care about the health and well being of the players they cheer for. Some fans you are. Do you cheer when you see a car accident too?–nfl.html

  4. joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Feeling a slight pain I your knee when you pick up your child is nothing compared to not remembering your kid’s name.

  5. wisdomnfl - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Flyers looking good again tonight ha ha ha ha ha

  6. Woody Bass - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Poor Downie. Hope he gets well soon. He was one of my favorite Lightning players…. and wish he was still there.

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