Wayne Simmonds: 'I feel ready to play'

Wayne Simmonds: 'I feel ready to play'

February 8, 2013, 2:45 pm
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VOORHEES, N.J. -- Wayne Simmonds looks like a player Saturday when the Flyers host Carolina in an afternoon matinee at Wells Fargo Center.
 
Simmonds, who is now past the seven-day recovery period for a first concussion, took full practice Friday at Skate Zone but not much contact, even though he wore a regular practice jersey.
 
“I don’t know – they haven’t told me if I am in or out,” Simmonds said. “I feel good. I guess Lavy [coach Peter Laviolette] will tell me later tonight. It’s only right to wait until you are fully recovered until you come back. For me, this was my first concussion, so obviously I wanted to wait until I felt comfortable.
 
“I feel good, I feel ready to play, but then again it is up to the coaching staff.”
 
He says he’s passed all his baseline tests. He also disputed not feeling “quite right,” which is what general manager Paul Holmgren said on Thursday night.
 
“I don’t think I said that to him,” Simmonds said.
 
Simmonds missed three games.
 
“It sucks watching,” Simmonds said. “The boys have done a good job and playing unbelievable hockey, of late … I think they changed some of the protocol for concussions. You only have one brain.”