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Wellwood Might Miss a Year

by Anthony SanFilippo / Philadelphia Flyers

BUFFALO – Flyers general manager gave an injury update after the game, and there was nothing positive.

While he confirmed that the seasons are over – as expected – for Braydon Coburn (shoulder separation), Nick Grossmann (concussion) and Zac Rinaldo (high ankle sprain) he also provided the horrific details of the injury to forward Eric Wellwood – who severed several tendons and arteries when he tripped over himself last week in a game for the Adirondack Phantoms.

“He had surgery on Thursday to repair the damage,” Holmgren said. “It was a significant injury. His Achilles tendon was about 70 percent torn and there are three other tendons that control the movement of his foot that were completely severed.”

The surgery Thursday was the second for the 23-year-old speedster, who had a first procedure done in Bridgeport, Conn. immediately after suffering the injury.

Holmgren added that the rehabilitation was going to be lengthy.

“We’re looking at probably nine months-to-a-year recovery time,” he said. “We’ll know more in about eight weeks just to see how the result of the surgery turns out.”

Wellwood is a restricted free agent this summer. He will rehab with the Flyers doctors and trainers this summer in Voorhees, N.J. and Philadelphia.

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