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December 20, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE LAST THING Brayden Schenn remembers is picking up the puck in the corner. He does not know whether he saw Tom Wilson barreling down on him like a freight train. He does not remember getting to his knees. He does not remember falling twice, wobbling and struggling to get up, or even lying on the ice with his face buried in his hands. Only one thing comes to mind from Tuesday night. "I just remember how hard the top of my head actually hit the boards," Schenn said. "I feel I got really lucky.
SPORTS
December 5, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
In 2011, more than 50 percent of the NJSIAA's general membership voted to revamp the playoff system to allow state championships in public-school football. That wasn't enough, as a two-thirds majority was needed to change the organization's constitution. On Monday, less than 35 percent (95 of 278) voted in favor of a nearly identical proposal. This was much more than a save-Thanksgiving-games revolt. Opposition to the notion of playing championship games in the No. 1 sport in the state was widespread and deep - and it's not going to fade away in the foreseeable future.
NEWS
November 24, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most people who get a concussion seem to regain normal brain function within a month or two at most. But doctors have no way to predict which patients are in that group and which will suffer long-term cognitive problems. A team from the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine seeks to solve that riddle with a simple blood test. In a new study in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, the team reported that a protein called SNTF is a promising indicator of which patients with concussions are likely to experience chronic brain deficits.
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Columnist
RON JAWORSKI faded back to pass. Peered downfield waiting for a sliver of daylight between receiver and defender. Drifted right, still searching. Thousand-and-two, thousand-and-three, thousand-and- pow ! This was Oct. 26, 1980, against the Bears, at Veterans Stadium. Jaworski never saw Mike Hartenstine. Never heard him, never sensed him. In boxing, the punches that do the most damage are the ones you don't see coming. Pow! Hartenstine speared Jaworski from behind, planting his helmet in the middle of the 7 on Jaworski's back.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles received medical clearance to resume playing Tuesday and the second-year Eagles quarterback returned to practice. No starter has been named for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, but Foles is in line to return to action if he remains healthy. He suffered a concussion in the Eagles' 17-3 loss to Dallas on Oct. 20. Foles split snaps at practice with rookie Matt Barkley. Michael Vick, who has an injured hamstring, was at practice but did not participate in team activities.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES returned to practice, and presumably to the Eagles' starting-quarterback role yesterday, assuming Foles has no concussion setbacks this week. "Oh, yeah," Foles said afterward, when asked if he is ready to go. "I've cleared everything, I feel good. I felt good out there today. It was a long week last week. " Sunday in Oakland, Foles likely will get a chance to show the Eagles and their fans he should not be written off, in the wake of his horrendous performance Oct. 20 vs. Dallas, which ended with Foles wobbling off the field three-quarters of the way through a 17-3 loss.
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Foles has a concussion and Michael Vick is still recovering from a pulled left hamstring. One week ago, the Eagles envisioned both as capable starting quarterbacks. Entering Sunday's game against the New York Giants, they might face the prospect of having neither healthy. If that happens, rookie Matt Barkley would get his first start. Coach Chip Kelly said he did not know what the status of Vick or Foles would be for Sunday. Foles needs to go through the NFL's concussion protocol, which includes being cleared by an independent neurologist before he can return to the field.
SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Nick Grossmann said he tries not to look back too much on last season, but every now and again, it enters his mind. "You think of things that you could have done better," Grossmann said. "You think of things you wish you could change. " If Grossmann could change one thing about last season - and really, his entire year-and-a-half tenure with the Flyers - it would be his number of trips to the trainer's office. Since joining the Flyers at the 2012 trade deadline, Grossmann has played in fewer than 70 percent (61 of 89)
SPORTS
September 13, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher did not practice Wednesday because of a concussion, while cornerback Brandon Hughes returned to practice in his recovery from a broken hand. Fletcher is "day-to-day," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. He is a starting cornerback, so his absence could force the Eagles to make major adjustments on defense. Recovery from a concussion varies depending on the player and the severity, so it is unknown whether Fletcher will play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
SPORTS
August 31, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once a hard-driving fullback for the Eagles, Kevin Turner no longer has the hand strength to grasp a straw. That helps explain why Turner considered Thursday's news of a settlement between the National Football League and former NFL players suing the league to be as big a victory as any he had experienced on the field. Turner, 44, found out he shouldn't have to prove that his many symptoms from his diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, came from his eight seasons in the NFL. A lead plaintiff in the class-action settlement reached between 4,500 former players and the NFL, Turner should receive some of the $765 million the league will pay to settle lawsuits.
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