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Savard passes baseline tests; cleared for contact

by Dan Rosen
Marc Savard spent roughly six hours going through a battery of neuropsychological tests Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and, as a result, the Boston Bruins center has been cleared to start participating in full-contact drills in practice.

Savard was cleared to practice in non-contact drills last week, but Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in a statement Tuesday that Savard passed a series of tests administered by Dr. Mickey Collins from the Sports Medicine Department at UPMC, which was a prerequisite for Savard to be cleared for full-contact activities.

Chiarelli said Savard will join the team for Wednesday morning's skate at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., but "there is no timetable at this time for Marc to start playing games."

Savard suffered a concussion on March 7 when Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke leveled him with a blind-side hit. He returned to play in the second round of the playoffs against Philadelphia, but he battled post-concussion symptoms this summer and was on long-term injured reserve until he could pass the tests.

Now that he's been cleared for contact, the question is when will he play. Savard told reporters Monday after going on the ice with his teammates for the morning skate in Tampa that everything seemed fast to him and he wasn't ready for that.

"They guys are fast, so I have to get used to that," Savard said according to the Boston Globe. "My hands feel fine. My head feels great. I'm just waiting to go. I really want to get going."

He's finally close.

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