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Pronger progressing in recovery from eye injury

by Adam Kimelman
The Philadelphia Flyers reported defenseman Chris Pronger, who suffered an injury to his right eye during Monday's game, is making progress in his recovery.

In a statement released by the team, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said, "Chris Pronger was seen by (team eye doctor) Stephen Goldman today and is progressing very well."

Pronger is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Chris Pronger
Defense - PHI
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 7
SOG: 16 | +/-: 2
Pronger was injured at 8:02 of the first period of Monday's game against Toronto. Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski, in following through on his shot, hit Pronger in the eye with his stick. Pronger immediately left the ice and went up the tunnel leading to the locker room.

Holmgren said after the game that Pronger was examined at the Wells Fargo Center by Goldman -- and after initially suffering from blurred vision in the eye, Holmgren said Pronger's vision returned to normal before he was sent home.

Holmgren said Pronger will be on bed rest through Friday, with planned trips to an eye doctor each day.

"He's going to see the eye doctor every day for the next four days," Holmgren said Monday. "We think after that he'll be … I don't want to say out of danger, but if everything goes OK and the swelling goes down, he should start on an exercise program sometime after that and we're hoping he could rejoin the team in 10 days to two weeks -- skating-wise, not necessarily playing."

Holmgren said the bed rest was ordered to make sure there's no build-up of blood behind the eye, which could create more issues. He added that when Pronger returns, he will be wearing a visor -- something Pronger has not done during his 18 NHL seasons.

"I don't think our doctors would clear him to play if he didn't wear a visor," said Holmgren. "I think Chris was really scared. I would like to believe he'll want to wear one."

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