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Panthers place Tim Thomas (groin) on IR

Dec 14, 2013, 7:36 PM EST

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The Florida Panthers placed Tim Thomas (groin) on the injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 12, the Miami Herald’s George Richards reports.

Richards points out that Thomas, 39, is eligible to return in a Dec. 20 game against the Winnipeg Jets. Naturally, that doesn’t mean he’ll be good to go by then, though.

Blame it on age or the rust that came with skipping the 2012-13 season (or a combination of the two factors), but Thomas has been hobbled by lower-body injuries this season. He missed four games in October and six more in November with lower-body ailments. At least one of the two problems were groin-related.

The Panthers have leaned heavily upon Thomas when he has been healthy. He played in all but one game from Nov. 9 to Dec. 10.

The Panthers recalled Jacob Markstrom on Thursday to fill the void. The big Swede will battle for reps with Scott Clemmensen.

  1. runhigh24 - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    hopefully he will be covered under obamacare!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      I’ve heard Timmy plans to personally visit our nation’s President to thank him properly for that as well as for getting us out of Iraq, ending DADT, moving marriage equality along, and inspiring the increase in value of Timmy’s Lipton stock.

  2. joey4id - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I heard that TT will be giving some of his salary back to the Panthers. He feels bad he’s having problems returning to form after being out a full year. Where are all the TT fans who expected him to be in full form after being out a year?

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