Matt Read progressing quicker than expected from rib injury

Matt Read progressing quicker than expected from rib injury
March 4, 2013, 1:30 pm
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VOORHEES, N.J. -- It could be a week. Maybe two. Or even three.
 
Whatever the case may be, it would appear Matt Read is making quicker progress than expected from his rib cage injury suffered Feb. 20 during a 6-5 Flyers victory in Pittsburgh.
 
His recovery period was originally given as six weeks.
 
“I get better every day,” Read said on Monday. “It could be a week, two weeks or three weeks. I gotta wait till I’m 100 percent. I’d love to play tomorrow night but obviously, it’s an injury you want to be 100 percent so when you are playing the game you take a hit and battle and stuff like that.”
 
The Flyers' forward, who has missed five games, again took full practice Monday with a normal jersey, although he was not taking full contact.
 
Just “a bump here and there,” Read said.
 
Coach Peter Laviolette cautioned that while there are competitive battles, no one wants “to dislocate our own shoulders.”

“It’s getting better every day but at the same time, I don’t want to re-injure myself,” Read said. “When I come back I want to make sure it’s 100 percent so that when I get hit in a game I am strong enough to take it and play through the battle.”
 
He said he feels “a little pain” on just about any kind of shot he takes and even when skating in strides.
 
“Pretty much everything I do,” he said. “Hopefully, it gets better quicker, but who knows? The guys know I am hurting, they don’t seem to want to hit me hard or anything. Just trying to get back in the swing of things as quickly as I can.”
 
Read took two hits in the Penguins game. One from Evgeni Malkin, which he said initially hurt him, then again from Chris Kunitz that forced him from the game.

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