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GEICO SportsNite: Concussions 00:07:34
SNY takes a look at a serious problem in contact sports, delving deeper into how dangerous concussions are and the damage they cause.

Geoff Schwartz is a seven-year NFL veteran who currently plays offensive guard for the New York Giants. But more than being a football player, he's a father of a 1-year-old son named Alex.

"I'm not letting him play until he's in high school," Schwartz said on "Daily News Live." "I think when you're older you can control your body better. You're not going to get hit in the head as much."

While football players -- kids and adults -- are fully padded from head to toe, football is a violent contact sport at its core. With each hit and tackle, there is an ever-growing concern over the impact of those hits.

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GEICO SportsNite: Concussions 00:07:34
SNY takes a look at a serious problem in contact sports, delving deeper into how dangerous concussions are and the damage they cause.

Geoff Schwartz is a seven-year NFL veteran who currently plays offensive guard for the New York Giants. But more than being a football player, he's a father of a 1-year-old son named Alex.

"I'm not letting him play until he's in high school," Schwartz said on "Daily News Live." "I think when you're older you can control your body better. You're not going to get hit in the head as much."

While football players -- kids and adults -- are fully padded from head to toe, football is a violent contact sport at its core. With each hit and tackle, there is an ever-growing concern over the impact of those hits.

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In his return to the lineup last night, Marc Staal played 23:45.

By period, Staal played:

  • First: 6:29
  • Second: 6:55
  • Third: 8:35
  • OT: 1:06
He also played 3:57 on the PK and 2 hits, 1 blocked shot and one shot attempt blocked

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2:24PM: Staal skated with Conor Allen at practice today (Ranger Rants)

Staal said that he told Alain Vigneault that he wanted to play tomorrow and that Vigneault told him that he is in the lineup. (Ranger Rants)

1:37PM: Marc Staal is ready to return to the Rangers lineup against the Panthers tomorrow. (Rangers)

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12/30/13 9:58AM: Staal has passed all the necessary tests to return to the lineup and could return against the Panthers tomorrow. (NY Post)

12/29 4PM: Staal says he may return on Wednesday in Florida against the Panthers.


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Marc Staal skated today and is scheduled to travel with the Rangers on their road trip that goes to Washington, Tampa Bay, Florida, Pittsburgh and Toronto. (Larry Brooks)

For everything on Staal's latest concussion, CLICK HERE.


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On Monday night, Alain Vigneault said that Marc Staal skated hard on Monday morning and responded well to the next step in his recovery from his concussion.

Vigneault added that he hopes Staal continues to trend upward because "he is a real important part of the team for us."

He adds that Staal defends real well, has a good hockey sense, a good stick and hopes to have him back in the lineup soon."

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4:48PM: Alain Vigneault confirms that Cam Talbot is starting tonight.

11:37AM: Lundqvist confirms that he is not starting tonight and that his neck is still a little sore after a collision against the Penguins (Zipay)

10:47AM: Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Taylor Pyatt are on the ice at Madison Square Garden right now. (Steve Zipay)

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2:47PM: Staal spoke today, via the Rangers,

  • I skated yesterday for the first time. Jut like. I got through yesterday pretty good, just light and go back on the ice today, go a little harder and se where it goes
  • How does it compare to the last time, It's different. Last time I played through a concussion for so long that the effects dragged on forever. It's different. This time around, from day to day after I felt better and quicker. No comparison.
  • Did you know right away, "I had a really loud ringing my ears and had a headache right away after I got hit. Right then I knew something was wrong. I got off the ice and tried to deal with it."
  • Frustration and anger at the beginning. You are nervous, you don't know how you will react after it. Even the next day I had a better outlook on it. It's been ups and downs since then but for the most part it's getting better."
  • Did you know to get off the ice right away, "having come back too early from a previous one and going through the stuff that I did, maybe if? I hadn't done that I would have gone to the bench, wait for things to clear up and then maybe go back in. Being a little more educated I think you know to get off the ice and see where you are at."
  • On his progress, "I skated yesterday and will again today and hopefully things keep going well. You never know until you start getting back to full tempo? but I look at the positives and keep getting better."
  • Will you skate over the holiday, "if today goes well and tomorrow then probably look to be on the ice. Three days is a long time especially after you kind of gear up or start to do more each day. It's tough to shut it down so I will probably do something."
  • On the team, "it's tough to watch. It's easier to watch when you are winning. Its' tough to watch them go through the struggle because you want to be out there and help them turn it around. For me, being around the guys has put me in a better mood and we want to turn this around."
  • When I hit the ice I wasn't in disbelief...but you play the game and you know that things are bound to happen with injuries and stuff like that. It's been a tough stretch but for me, I was concerned after but the next day or so I felt better and I was recovering."
  • How do you test yourself, "You just start off with an easy bike. Pick it up. If you have some days where it doesn't go so well, you back off. reset and do it again. The same workout I did last week I had a tough time with but this time I got through it fine. It's a guage and you keep ramping it up as you feel better and recover."
  • Did you feel the need to go to Michigan to see the specialist, "I spoke with him. I have been through my share of doctors to know what is going on. If I felt that I was in serious trouble then I would have gone out there. Having talke on the phone and going the way that I have the past few weeks, I didn't feel the need to go out there."
  • How do you prevent future issues, "No....you can't. It's the game. You play it hard and things happen like that. You get in a vulnerable position, which you try to avoid, but it's one of those things that you get hit the wrong way one time and it impacts you."
  • On the first hit, "I was pissed off but I didn't feel anything that I had to take myself out of the game."
11:57AMStaal says that there is no comparison between this concussion and the last one he had. (Larry Brooks)

11AMMarc Staal skated yesterday and will skate again today after the Rangers finish their morning skate (Larry Brooks)

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12/20/13: 12:09PM:

The Ranger did not provide an update on Staal today (Pat Leonard)

Staal is listed as being "out indefinitely" (Rangers Game Notes)

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3:07PM: Alain Vigneault's comments on Staal were, "doing well...he has been doing off-ice conditioning the last three days. As far as I know he is doing real well. I am not exactly sure what the next steps are but he has been working out off the ice."

1:25PM: Marc Staal has been doing off-ice conditioning for the past three days and is "doing well." (Katie Strang and Pat Leonard)

Staal was hit on the chin on Saturday against New Jersey and it was revealed on Monday Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with a concussion.

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Devils LW Reid Boucher spoke today about his hit on Marc Staal that has left the Rangers defensemen with his second concussion in 3 seasons.

Boucher said that he feels bad that Staal is concussed (Tom Gulitti) and that Staal "just kind of stepped up at me on the blue line and I just kind of braced myself. It was just a hockey play. He had the forward lean coming in to hit me, so I don?t know if there was much I could have done there.?

Boucher said that he is aware of Staal's concussion history and that he wasn't trying to hurt him on the play.

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12/9/13 4:53PM:: The Rangers game preview for tomorrow nights game against Nashville lists Staal as "injured" and "out indefinitely."


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Though it was never clear when Ryane Clowe would return from what is being described as a concussion, it seems like the big winger is on his way back.

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9:57AM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that it is feared that Staal has a concussion.

Brooks says that the loss of Staal could be "crippling" for the Rangers defense.

10:38PM: Alain Vigneault didn't provide an update other than saying that Staal "didn't feel quite right" after he was hit in the chit? (Katie Strang)

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Alain Vigneault announced yesterday that Rick Nash would take part in Rangers practice today as a defensemen, to ease him back, but wasn't sure if he was cleared for contact yet.

Andrew Gross tweets that Nash hasn't been cleared for contact yet but that follows standard procedure for players returning from head injuries.

Nash spoke yesterday about? his recovery and how he has been symptom free lately.

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In the NY Post, Glen Sather confirmed to Larry Brooks that Rick Nash suffered a concussion when he was hit by Milan Lucic in a Rangers win over the Bruins in February.

Sather said "Lucic rammed Nash from behind and gave him a concussion.?

Nash missed four games due to the hit and returned to the lineup with six goals in five games.

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According to Andrew Gross and Katie Strang, Darroll Powe confirmed that he sustained a second concussion in the playoffs.

Gross said that Powe was cleared to play in game five and Powe told Katie Strang that he is feeling much better now.

Powe took an elbow from Joel Ward in game three of the Capitals series and didn't play again in the playoffs.

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In six games with the Rangers, Darroll Powe has established himself as a defensive player/penalty killer that John Tortorella trusts.

Powe was knocked out of last night's game when he collided with Matt Hendricks and had to be helped off the ice by Derek Stepan and Arron Asham.

Earlier today, Tortorella said? that the loss of Powe was felt instantly, "I missed him right away on the bench, especially protecting a lead. He has been a really good penalty killer. I don't know how long he will be out. He has helped. He doesn't have the stats but it isn't always about stats. He has done a good job in his role.

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On NBCSN, Dave Strader announced that Darroll Powe will not return tonight.

Powe collided with Matt Hendricks in the second period.

He was helped off the ice by Derek Stepan and Arron Asham.

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9:46AM: In the NY Post, Brooks recounts that Lucic used his forearm to drive Nash's head into the boards and writes, "Now, a few days later, Nash isn?t feeling well. And though it may be a coincidence, it may not be one, either."

He adds "As long as the Department of Player Safety is or feels bound to give the benefit of the doubt to the transgressor rather than the victim, it is not living up to its charge to make the game safer.

2/16/13- 5:35PM: Larry Brooks tweets:

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The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider has been recalled from Hartford.

Kreider was sent down yesterday and after practice today, John Tortorella said that Kreider wasn't playing well enough with the Rangers and needed to play more in Hartford.

Rick Nash missed practice today and according to our friend Melissa, he was unable to make the season ticket holder event last night because he was sick.

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12:23PM: John Tortorella tells Gross that Nash will be available tomorrow and that Tortorella gave him a rest because "he's played a lot of hockey."

11:16AM: Gross says that the lines are the same, but with Bickel replacing Nash.

  • Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan
  • Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Stu Bickel
  • Taylor Pyatt, Brian Boyle, JT Miller
  • Arron Asham, Jeff Halpern, Darroll Powe
11:15AM: Andrew Gross says that the team has announce that Nash is just having a maintenance day.

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Here?s last night?s SportsNite package, about Revis ? includes footage of him on the bike and limited in practice, plus sound from him about how he feels.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=24747631

Tags: Concussion, Darrelle Revis, Film Room, Injury, Video, Brian Bassett

While Darrelle Revis was cleared for some physical activity yesterday, today Revis ride the?exercise?bike during practice. ?It's still unknown as to whether or not Revis will play come Sunday, but Rex Ryan told the press that they have set a deadline for when they would make the call on their star cornerback's availability.

"By Saturday, we'd better know something, whether he's going [to play against Pittsburgh] or not," Ryan told reporters. ?"This coach would never put a player out on the field if there's a higher risk of him getting injured. There's no way in heck I'd do it."

On what Revis's threshhold for playing or not playing, Rex was absolute, "if he's not 100 percent, Darrelle won't play" Ryan said. "It's as simple as that."

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While we've all been left to wonder about?Darrelle Revis?and his status for Week 2 aftering suffering a "mild concussion" on Sunday against the Bills, the?New York Jets?expect to have their star cornerback against the?Pittsburgh Steelers?next week. ?Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday night per NFL.com that the?Jets?will put Revis through the standard head injury testing over the course of this week, but that "essentially he looks to be a go at this point in time."

We'll see what happens, but it's good to hear that Revis might be well enough to play this weekend. ?With Mike Wallace and the passing attack of the Steelers, they will need all the help they can get.

We'll learn more when the Jets get back to practice tomorrow.

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Update: 11:56AM: Barry Melrose has apparently said on ESPN that Staal will be playing today.

Original Post: 9:47AM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that he wouldn't be surprised if Marc Staal makes his season debut this week against the Panthers or the Penguins.

Staal has been cleared for contact and told the NHL Network yesterday that he was feeling better.

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On the MSG pregame show last night, Marc Staal spoke with Sam Rosen about his recovery.

Staal remarked:

"I feel like it's pretty close. Before I didn't have any desire or motivation to come to the rink, I wasn't feeling so great. Now that I am back on the ice watching the team travel and being around the guys you wanna get back on the ice and start playing the game again."
On his conditioning, he said "I'm starting to feel like I am getting into good shape I don't think you are every in game shape when you are practicing, you need to get back into the flow of the season. I am feeling pretty well and when everything is in line we can step back on the ice.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Marc Staal could be cleared for contact this week and that if all goes well, he could make his season debut within the next two weeks.

Staal is expected to meet with doctors today, or early this week, to determine the next step in his return from a concussion.

Contact is the last real step towards coming back but Staal also needs his strength and conditioning back up to where it needs to be. I have thought that the first week after the all-star break would be the earliest we would see Staal if he was cleared for contact this week. Either way, it looks like Staal could be back sooner rather than later.

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At NHL.com, Dave Lozo spoke with Marc Staal who said that he would like to play in the Winter Classic a week from tomorrow.

Staal said though that he won't rush back and in the case of his brother returning for the Winter Classic last year, "It's a little different with your hand than your brain."

"It's something I'm not going to step into if I'm not ready," Staal said. "It's just not worth it to put yourself into a position like that if you're not ready, physically or mentally. It sucks that I probably might not get a crack at it. It is what it is."
He could be cleared for contact as early as tomorrow when he plans to meet with doctors.

Marc will only have to wait a couple of years until the Rangers host their own Winter Classic. All Marc needs to worry about his feeling good as he ramps up his workouts and gets cleared for contact.

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"Every day I am getting stronger and feelings stronger on my skates. It was a pretty miserable month there, but starting to get to normal life again is a pretty good thing. There is no specific date yet, once I feel like I am in good enough shape to play in an NHL game, and if everything is feeling good, we will decide. When we get down the line a little more we will narrow it down."

Marc Staal during the intermission report on MSG

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Update: 12:50PM


While talking about concussions and a possible return to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants, Marc Staal said that he has learned from others who have dealt with concussions and will take his time in returning:

?Every situation is different,? Staal said. ?The biggest thing is you have to know yourself when you?re ready to play. It?s different for everybody. You wait until the workouts get harder then you see what happens after that. (Crosby?s situation) has obviously shed a lot of light on it. Guys are being more careful with these types of injuries. It?s not fun going through it.?
Crosby has become the face of concussions in the NHL. What happens next with him is going to be very interesting as he passed all of his tests, was cleared for contact, skated another five weeks and then came back and was awesome. The Rangers won't want the same with Marc Staal and while he continues to skate, work out and maybe get cleared for contact soon, it could still be a while until he comes back. Same goes for Michael Sauer who isn't with the team and hasn't really been heard from since he was concussed.
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After his skate in St. Louis today, Marc Staal told Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants that today was the hardest he has skated since returning to the ice after being shutdown for the month of October.

Staal says that the waiting to see if the concussion symptoms reappear is the hardest part of this process:

It?s kind of a wait-and-see how I?m feeling, but with the way my work has gone, the rest of the day should go pretty well. The unknown is the hardest part. You?re waiting for things to happen and when it does, it?s really frustrating.?
Staal said that the next step was working with strength and conditioning coach Reg Grant in the weight room.

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Update: 12:37PM:

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Original Post:In the News Observer, Chip Alexander spoke with Eric Staal who said that his brother Marc is "way better than he has been."

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Earlier today Marc Staal met with the media for the first time since right before the season started.

Staal told Larry Brooks in the NY Post that he thinks he can return this season:

"based on my rate of improvement over the last month, I feel I?ll be back [this season]. I have to make sure I?m healthy, but that?s the plan.?
Staal said that the month he had off helped him, but that it sapped his conditioning and strength which he needs to get back.

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Update: 5:24PM:

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Update: 1:11PM: In the Daily News, Pat Leonard has this quote from Sidney Crosby:

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In the NY Times, Jeff Z. Klein spoke with former Ranger Pat LaFontaine about concussions and how they impact today's game.

LaFontaine said that he would love to reach out and help Marc Staal deal with his post concussion issues as he has dealt with those in the past.

He added, "I don?t know where he?s at now, but I know what it feels like."

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The full quote, via Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants is, ?It gives Rammer a chance to continue working with them, we?re gone for three days and those guys need some work with Rammer,? Tortorella said. ?That?s all it is. They?re just with us to get some work.?

Jim Ramsay is on the Benoit Allaire level, maybe higher, of people who make the biggest but not talked about enough impact on the Rangers.

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During TSN's Insider Trading segment, Bob McKenzie said that Marc Staal is one week into his light training program and that if there are no setbacks, he thinks that Staal could be back some time in the New Year.

It is a little vague, but I think that what McKenzie is going for is that Staal will return THIS season, and possibly sooner than we think. They are going to be cautious though and I think that the earliest we see Staal is the all-star break which is basically two full months from now.

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In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson says that Marc Staal is riding the stationary bike as part of his recovery process from a concussion.

Matheson says that Staal is "weeks away."

In Newsday, John Jeansonne writes that John Tortorella had no update on Marc Staal.

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