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Matthews Returning from Concussion?

Dec 22, 2017
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The Male Leafs Auston Matthews admitted to reporters today that he had experienced “regular concussion symptoms” while he was held out of the lineup recently, confirming the suspected injury. Matthews collided with teammate Morgan Rielly late in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month, but actually returned to finish the match. He’s been out since with an “upper-body injury” but was back on the ice with teammates Auston Matthews admitted to reporters today that he had experienced “regular concussion symptoms” while he was held out of the lineup recently, confirming the suspected injury.

Matthews collided with teammate Morgan Rielly late in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month, but actually returned to finish the match. He’s been out since with an “upper-body injury” but was back on the ice with teammates for today’s Toronto Maple Leafs practice.ammates for today’s Toronto Maple Leafs practice.

“Just normal concussion symptoms I guess, don’t need to go any farther than that,” Matthews said. “I think just later on after the Pittsburgh [game], just colliding with Morgan, later on that night and into the next day I wasn’t feeling very well, went through all the return to play [tests] and all the protocols and everything and obviously they take it pretty seriously. They deemed me obviously out, so I went through all that stuff and I feel great now.”

NOT INSIDERS TAKE:  The Leafs record without Matthews in the past six games was 2-4-0, and despite a hot streak by the third line of Tyler Bozak, James vanRiemsdyk and Mitch Marner, Mattews retains his team lead in scoring.

The idea of whether or not to play Matthews on Saturday is one that has to be made carefully.  The anguish it must be for Mike Babcock to watch his prize weapon sit idly by as his team struggles without him.  Personally, I think leaving it up to the player and coach should be limited to the question of whether or not to get a medical clearance.  In this case, it would be timely to sit him, as SAturday’s game is followed by the Christmas break and the Leafs will have three days off for the injury to be “beyond” healed up.

 
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