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Concerned About Matt Murray’s Concussions

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Concussions, we know, are a tricky thing. It’s not a sprain, a fracture or a break. There are no certainties with head injuries, no ability to pinpoint how long it will take a player to recover. Even Murray’s own concussion history indicates as much. When he suffered his first concussion in mid-April 2016, he was sidelined only two games before slotting back into the lineup come the post-season and propelling the Penguins to the Stanley Cup. However, his second concussion, suffered during a practice this past February, saw him out of action for nine games. And there’s no telling exactly how long Murray could be out this time around.

That is a frightening reality, too. The Penguins can’t know quite yet, and might not know for some time, how long Murray will be sidelined. Ask the Chicago Blackhawks. When Corey Crawford was sidelined in December of last season with a head injury, the hope was that he could return at some point in the not too distant future. That turned into some point before the trade deadline, then became some point before the end of the campaign and later became legitimate concern, especially among the fan base, about whether he would return at all. Crawford’s on his way back now, of course, and he could be back in action sometime this month, but his nearly 10-month absence is a clear-cut example of the kind of havoc concussions can wreak on a player.

But what makes Murray’s concussion all the more concerning is that he has a history.

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