Steve Downie ruled concussion free

Steve Downie ruled concussion free

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March 31, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Steve Downie passed baseline tests on Monday after suffering a concussion on March 22. (USA Today Images)

Steve Downie passed his baseline concussion test on Monday and is no longer having concussion symptoms.

The Flyers’ winger says he feels better, but lacks game conditioning.

Coach Craig Berube said Downie is not ready to re-enter the lineup and won’t play Tuesday against the Blues in St. Louis.

Also, Downie admitted for the first time that he had also been experiencing a whiplash effect from the collision he suffered against St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund on March 22.

The two collided along the boards when Downie, looking away, smacked head-first into Berglund.

Downie already missed four games and had a previous concussion in his first game with the Flyers back on Nov. 1.

“It takes a couple of days to get back,” he said. “I’m cleared and passed all the tests. I took a pretty weird shot to the neck in an awkward position. I had some neck issues but it’s all cleared up right now.

“I’m healthy. It all comes down to getting your legs back and getting the timing back. A couple more skates and we’ll see.”

Hartnell nominated
The Flyers have nominated Scott Hartnell for the National Hockey League's Foundation Player Award for 2013-14.

“Scott truly embodies the meaning of ‘giving back,’ both on and off the ice,” said Flyers Chairman Ed Snider.

“His tireless commitment to those within the community is a model for all other sports personalities to emulate. His "never-say-die" attitude on the ice can be seen within the community helping numerous causes with that same enthusiasm and commitment.”

This award is given annually to the NHL player “who applies the core values of ice hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

Vincent Lecavalier is a past Foundation Player Award winner.

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