Joffrey Lupul spoke with the Toronto Star regarding his injury and though everyone seems to be careful to not say it is a concussion Lupul believes it is:
“Yeah,” Lupul told the Toronto Star Wednesday, when asked if he believes he suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Flyers last Thursday. “I mean, no one’s really said that word to me. But I definitely didn’t sprain my ankle.”
Even though he has not skated since the hit he is still listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. He has been working on dry land training in the Toronto Maple Leafs training facility, so that when he returns he will still be in shape. Lupul did not specifically talk about his symptoms but he did say he doesn’t feel bad:
“When people say ‘concussion,’ they think of Sidney Crosby sitting out a year. Whereas I can say, right now, I feel fairly good,” Lupul told the paper. “There’s obviously different severities of blows to the head. And I think it can be misconstrued. You look at (teams not using the word ‘concussion’) and you say, ‘Oh, they just want him to come back …’ ”
He was also clear on the fact that the Leafs do not want to rush him into coming back:
“There hasn’t even been a question like, ‘Do you feel like you can play?’ The question has been, ‘How do you feel?’ And I’ve tried to be as honest as possible,” Lupul said. “ I don’t know why that word (concussion) is not used. But I can say that all the training staff and doctors and everyone here is not putting pressure on me to get back on the ice.”
Overall Lupul’s injury seems to be moving in the positive direction and the Leafs haven’t been doing that bad without him.
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