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Concussion recovery 'day-to-day' for Pronger

by Adam Kimelman
Chris Pronger was one player notably absent from Wednesday's Flyers Wives Fashion Show in Philadelphia.

Pronger's wife, Lauren, hosted the event and told Comcast SportsNet that "it was not a good day" for the All-Star defenseman, who is recovering from serious post-concussion syndrome that will sideline him for the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

Pronger initially was injured Oct. 24 against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he was hit in the eye by the stick of the Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski. Pronger missed two weeks and played just five more games due to what the team called an illness. He last played Nov. 19 in Winnipeg, and was shut down for the season Dec. 15 after consulting with two Pittsburgh-based concussion experts, Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Michael "Micky" Collins.

"It's a tough go at home," Lauren Pronger said. "We're going day-to-day right now -- good days, bad days. It's been a lot of trauma going on. We're just praying right now. He's battling. He wants to be out there more than anybody. It's tough for all of us to watch him go through this."

The only words out of Chris Pronger since being shut down for the season came Jan. 14, when he released a short statement through the Flyers: "It is very, very tough right now. I don't feel well and it hurts so much not to be playing."

Lauren said the family's three children have been affected by Chris' injury, as well.

"They're confused all the time," she said, "'Dad, when can we go to a game? Dad, when can you play?' And he looks at them and says please don't ask that question. I want to get out there and play, too."

Lauren added the last month has been a major change for her, as well.

"It's been an adjustment for all of us," she said. "He's around a lot more -- I'm not used to that. I do as much as I can to support him. I want to see him better."

She said she had hoped Chris would be able to attend the fashion show, which raised money for Comcast-Spectacor Charities, a list that included the Police Athletic League, PAWS, the Ronald McDonald House and Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

"It was not a good day today, he's not here tonight," she said. "Breaks his heart, breaks my heart. We're hoping for a better day tomorrow, and at least a couple good days in a row would be nice."

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