-- The string of unfortunate head injuries to players on the Philadelphia Flyers
continued on Saturday afternoon at Prudential Center.
became the sixth player on the team to be concussed this season when he was checked hard by Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov
with just 1:10 remaining in the third period of an eventual 4-1 victory. It wasn't confirmed whether the Volchenkov hit resulted in Briere's concussion.
"I'm not too good right now," Briere said in a text to CSNPhilly.com. "I don't even know what happened."
In addition to Briere's injury, forward Jaromir Jagr
also left the game midway through the first period with what the Flyers are calling a "lower-body injury." Jagr, who has battled groin problems this season, exited after totaling just 3:12 of ice time on four shifts.
Right Wing - PHI
GOALS: 13 | ASST: 17 | PTS: 30
SOG: 122 | +/-: 1
Both players have already been ruled out of Sunday's home game against the Boston Bruins
(3 p.m. ET). In their absence, the Flyers will recall forwards Tim Sestito
and Ben Holmstrom
Briere joins Matt Read
, Brayden Schenn
, Chris Pronger
, James van Riemsdyk
and Claude Giroux
as players who have suffered or are still sidelined by concussions this season for the Flyers. Rookie forward Sean Couturier
suffered a head injury and actually lost his hearing after taking a shot to the back of the ear in a loss to the Bruins on Dec. 17, but he was never diagnosed with a concussion.
Briere did finish the contest with 16:57 of ice time on 22 shifts.
After being taken for tests following the game, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren
informed the media that Briere had sustained a concussion and ruled him out "indefinitely."
The Flyers also lost forward Zac Rinaldo
to an upper-body injury in the second period. Rinaldo, who earned 6:41 of ice time on nine shifts, had missed the previous two games. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bruins.
The Flyers entered Saturday's game already having lost a total of 159 man-games to injury or illness.
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