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What injury? Parise (foot) skates day after being ruled out 2-3 weeks

Nov 27, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild looks on during the third period while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 25, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 5-3.
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On Tuesday, Zach Parise was ruled out for 2-3 weeks with a foot contusion suffered during a loss to St. Louis.

On Wednesday, he set about challenging that timetable.

Parise took the Wild’s morning skate — much to the surprise of “stunned” head coach Mike Yeo — but will still sit for tonight’s game against Phoenix, according to the Wild.

Despite being ruled out, Parise still managed to raise the spirits of the team.

“It’s very encouraging,” Yeo said, as per the Star-Tribune. “It’s a great example to everybody just how bad he wants to compete and help the team.”

Parise, one of Minnesota’s alternate captains, said the 2-3 week timetable for return means nothing to him. He wants to play hockey, and wants to accelerate his recovery.

“I’m more so taking it day by day and seeing how I feel and getting some treatment,” he explained. “Hopefully I’ll be more comfortable [Thursday] and see what happens. I understand you have to, but I don’t like to put a timeframe on things.

“I’ll try to play when I can.”

Parise took regular line rushes this morning but said his foot “hurt too much to try and be able to play.” He acknowledged he wouldn’t be as effective as he’s used to, and that lack of comfort could hurt the team.

That said, he’s still not happy about missing Wednesday’s affair.

“I don’t like to miss games,” he said. “I don’t want to sit out.”

  1. sabatimus - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Bad things can happen when you decide to “accelerate” your recovery. Further damage to the foot, favoring the other foot and leg and getting an injury there (which may have been a contributing factor as to why Derrick Rose blew out his other knee this season). I hope he doesn’t screw himself up.

    • 950003cups - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      He’ll be fine. In NJ Parise rarely sat out of a game due to pain. When he did, it was after the actual warm-ups.

      He’s not “injured” aka broken bone, or torn ligament etc… He’s “hurt”.

      I think we are too used to the primadona players who sit out weeks from “soreness” or “nagging in injuries”

    • 950003cups - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Funny how you use Derrick Rose as an example. You couldn’t pair two more opposite athletes if you wanted to. Parise is known as someone who will tough out pain, while Derrick Rose was branded “DOGGIN’ IT” by a lot of fans and media alike.

      Even Carmelo Anthony gave a pretty bad endorsement when he said “just because other players with the same injury (meaning Shumpert) are back and playing, doesn’t mean Derrick should. Its up to him when he feels he’s ready to play, nobody else”

      Maybe Backstrom should learn from Parise’s example. He’s another game dodger.

    • guitarhunterdude - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      If it was an actual injury, I’d be concerned. Since it’s supposedly just a bruise, and therefore just painful, I’m fine with it. If he tried to come back early after a broken bone or torn ligament, I’d be nervous.

      Rose had a bad/newly constructed ACL which made him favor one leg, and played a style of basketball that looked like it was absolute hell on knees. Parise has a bruise on his foot and skated in one practice. The situations are too way dissimilar to be compared, really.

  2. clarke16 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    That’s a PRO’S pro right there, my friends… I’ll load the boat with ‘em and throw the Captain overboard to make another seat…

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    What are you talking about?!?! Rose sat out till he was “fully” healthy. Sat out more than he had to. This is a invalid comparison

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