Matt Read sidelined with a concussion

Matt Read sidelined with a concussion

January 8, 2014, 8:00 pm

Matt Read missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday night. (USA Today Images)

Matt Read has a concussion.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement Wednesday night, saying the injury initially didn’t present itself that way, but things have changed.

Read took some kind of hit on New Year’s Eve at Calgary even though his last shift, as seen on CSN’s game tape, doesn’t indicate any kind of blow to the head.

“He’s not doing too good,” Holmgren said. “It’s safe to say he has symptoms of a concussion. Initially, he passed all the [baseline] tests that are required by the protocol. Right now, he doesn’t feel right.”

The 27-year-old forward missed his fourth straight game tonight against Montreal.

Read has problems with rapid eye movement and motion, turning his head to look for a pass on the ice, etc.

“It’s all likely concussion related,” Holmgren said.

Read skated very briefly on Saturday. In fact, he was on the ice so few minutes before getting sick, some people weren’t even aware he had taken to the ice.

Holmgren said the team was trying to do “certain” things each day with him to see what he can tolerate to get his heart rate up. Little progress seems to have been made.

“We’ll go carefully there,” Holmgren said.

Holmgren said he doesn’t know the specifics of how Read was injured, either. The game video shows a mild check to the shoulder against the glass with no head contact.

“You get hit hard, even in the upper body, your brain is bound to rattle around inside your head,” he said. “I can’t explain it. As far as we’ve come in diagnosing those type of injuries, and as far as we’ve come in treating them, we still got a ways to go.”

Holmgren said the club believes this to be Read’s second concussion as a Flyer.

Read won’t play in either of this weekend’s two games against Tampa Bay or the Rangers in New York.

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