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Penguins' Brooks Orpik cleared to play against Devils despite concussion

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PITTSBURGH - Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik sustained a concussion while being levelled during Saturday's game in Toronto but is expected to play Wednesday against New Jersey.

Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said Orpik passed a neuropsychological test and was cleared to resume playing. Orpik didn't practice Monday.

Orpik was hurt while trying to check Maple Leafs forward Simon Gamache, who appeared to hit Orpik with his stick and forearm. Orpik dropped to the ice and stayed there for several minutes before being assisted to the locker room.

Also held out of practice Monday were defenceman Darryl Sydor (groin) and right wing Georges Laraque (groin). Sydor expects to play Wednesday, while Laraque is listed as day to day.

Backup goalie Dany Sabourin, who received stitches in his head to close a cut that occurred during Saturday's game, returned to practice. Marc-Andre Fleury will start Wednesday, Therrien said, despite having a sore finger.

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