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Bruins' Sweeney removes shroud from McAvoy’s injury situation

Matt Kalman
November 09, 2018 - 2:21 pm

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy hasn’t played since Oct. 18 at Edmonton.

He was sent home after that game and hadn’t skated until Friday. All the while the Bruins never shed any light on his status.

General manager Don Sweeney ended the mystery Friday by announcing that McAvoy has been in the NHL’s concussion protocol since he left the road trip after that 3-2 overtime loss.

“Charlie was back on the ice briefly today,” Sweeney said. “Charlie’s timeline is such that he had some vestibular issues in and around training camp. But definitively coming out of the Edmonton game [he] had a conversation with our doctors and our medical staff that had more concussive symptoms. At that point then we sent Charlie home, he’s clearly been in the protocol since and progressing.”

Vestibular issues relate to the ear and brain.

McAvoy averaged 22:05 through the first seven games of the season and he’s been missed on Boston’s blue line in all situations. There’s no timeline now for his return to the lineup but his first day of skating, on his own before practice at Warrior Ice Arena, was a positive sign.


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