Briere practices with Flyers for first time since concussion

Briere practices with Flyers for first time since concussion

April 8, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Danny Briere practiced with the Flyers on Monday for the first time since being concussed on March 23, coincidentally, at practice.
 
That incident was part of a five-day hiatus between games for the Flyers, in which Briere was injured on a board collision.
 
His headaches are less frequent, he said, but he’s not 100 percent. Briere has no timetable for a possible return in the Flyers' final 10 games of the regular season.
 
He has missed eight games.
 
“It’s been good, been skating on my own for a couple days and this was the first time I was on the ice with the team,” said Briere, who along with Tye McGinn, was on defense in practice because of missing bodies. “I’m still not sure when I will be back. It’s a step in the right direction. We saw what happened to Nick [Grossman] in the past week with some setbacks and stuff like that. We’re just trying to make sure it doesn’t happen here again.”
 
That would seem to confirm what everyone as already suspected – that Grossman, who began practicing with the team last week, then stopped, also has a concussion and has suffered a setback.
 
Grossmann, who has also missed eight games, did not accompany the Flyers to Winnipeg over the weekend nor did he practice with the team on Monday after having been with them on the ice last week.
 
The Flyers traveled to Long Island on Monday afternoon to face the eighth-seeded Islanders Tuesday in what is certainly a must-win game at this point. In fact, the Flyers can’t even afford to give the Islanders a point. They need to win in regulation.
 
Briere said he has some personal urgency here given the club’s situation in the Eastern Conference seedings, but he won’t take chances if he is not ready to play.
 
“I realize we’re in a tough position,” Briere said. “It’s a fine line, finding the right time. The good thing is, being at practice today, getting a feel for what it is being back when everybody is skating around me. Sometimes that is the toughest part. You can do a lot on your own. When you’re brain gets stimulated with everybody around and where the puck is and making sure you are not getting hit, all that stuff. It’s too early to say where I’m at.”
 
Briere still has some mild headaches, but “nothing significant like the first week to 10 days,” he said.
 
He did not know where Grossmann was at in his recovery and headaches.
 
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Kimmo Timonen, who is banged up in the leg and foot, missed practice. The club wants him ready to go against the Islanders and not wasted on a practice session where he would incur further pain skating. ... Flyers coach Peter Laviolette changed up lines. Scott Hartnell and Matt Read have shifted again. Hartnell is back on Claude Giroux’s line with Jakub Voracek while Read drops down to Brayden Schenn’s unit with Wayne Simmonds. ... Kurtis Foster also took practice. He cleared waivers late last week.