Chris Pronger's 'Virus' Now Deemed 'Concussion-Like'

Chris Pronger's 'Virus' Now Deemed 'Concussion-Like'

The various
maladies that have kept Chris Pronger from the Flyers' lineup for
stretches of this season have ranged from obvious (stick in eye) to
curious (an unspecified virus) to surprising (a knee injury requiring
surgery disclosed during the time off due to the virus). Now, while
Pronger is on the shelf for at least a month following the knee surgery,
Paul Holmgren has updated his status to say that while Pronger's knee
is improving, "he has struggled with other issues that are
concussion-like symptoms."

He'll undergo further evaluation and is listed as out indefinitely.

Rookie Brayden Schenn is also missing from the lineup due to what is believed to be a mild concussion.

Head
injuries, in particular concussions, are increasingly being looked at
with great scrutiny, with teams and leagues taking strict measures to
keep players out of the lineup if any symptoms are found or reported.
While we hope Pronger's symptoms and their cause will clear up during
the time he is already schedule to be off, it's a bit worrisome that
he's already been called out indefinitely despite not being scheduled to
return for several weeks. Perhaps it's part of what the team must do
with a concussed player (in terms of verbiage, at least). Also puzzling
is what the Flyers knew and when, or what initiated and is causing the
symptoms. Are they lingering after effects of the stick to the eye? A
run of the mill hit that went unnoticed? We don't expect much to be
cleared up anytime soon, but one thing is increasingly clear—the Flyers
need to continue to prepare for life without Pronger.

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).

While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.

The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

BOX SCORE

Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.