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Umberger, Hatcher Deal with Injuries

by Kevin Kurz / Philadelphia Flyers
(Voorhees, NJ) – Injured Flyers R.J. Umberger and Derian Hatcher both took part in brief Q and A’s with a team spokesman on Monday at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone. Umberger is out for at least two weeks with a sprained MCL suffered in Pittsburgh on Sunday, while Hatcher is out for at least the rest of the regular season with a fractured right tibia.

“I feel a little bit better today. I woke up a little stiff, but I did some rehab today and I got a little more movement,” said Umberger. “I can do the forward movement, it’s the side-to-side I can’t do right now. It’s kind of a wait and see.”

It’s the first time Umberger has hurt the knee in his career.

“Hopefully, it heals fast,” he said.

Although no timeframe has been set, Umberger has April 2 in Pittsburgh targeted as the game he wants to return.

Hatcher, however, looks like he will be out for the rest of the regular season and possibly the playoffs. His right leg, which was broken just above the ankle, was placed in a cast on Saturday night.

His thoughts were more focused on next season.

“I still have another year on my contract, and as of now I plan on playing,” said the 35-year-old. " I want to play, and I enjoy playing."

Hatcher had recently returned from a three-week absence due to a sore right knee.

“This was going to be a good test on my knee this last little while and going into playoffs, but unfortunately we can’t see that.”
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