Concussions

Rask recovering from concussion, may be ready to play on Saturday

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Rask recovering from concussion, may be ready to play on Saturday

BRIGHTON -- Tuukka Rask is quickly making his way through the concussion protocol and may return to action this weekend.

The Bruins netminder skated with the other injured players ahead of Monday’s main team practice at Warrior Ice Arena, and is on track to rejoin the team at regular practice on Tuesday barring any setbacks in his concussion recovery. That would leave Rask with just a couple of games missed after getting trucked by Anders Bjork at practice last week, and it would give the Bruins back their No. 1 goaltender after Anton Khudobin let in five goals vs. the Sabres on Thursday night.

“He’s in the protocol and progressing well,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “He’ll probably join us [on Tuesday] for the next step if there are no ill effects from today. That’s a positive. If there are no setbacks, I think Saturday is a more realistic [timetable for a return].”

The hope would be that Rask could start elevating his game when he does return, and play better than the goalie that’s posted the 1-3-0 record, 3.30 goals against average and .882 save percentage thus far this season. But first things first with the recovery to his first career concussion as an NHL goalie, and the set of hurdles that must be passed before Rask is again allowed to jump back into game action as early as this weekend.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Bruins practice with Rask, David Krejci and Noel Acciari all skating prior to practice, Patrice Bergeron staying off ice with a maintenance day and Kevan Miller skating in main practice with a maroon, no-contact jersey:

Marchand-Schaller-Bjork
DeBrusk-Backes-Pastrnak
Agostino-Nash-White
Beleskey-Kuraly-Vatrano

Chara-McAvoy
Krug-Carlo
Miller-Postma

Khudobin

CTE found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players' brains

CTE found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players' brains

In a study published by medical journal JAMA, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research.

According to CNN, each brain studied was required to have football as its main exposure to head trauma. 202 total brains of deceased football players, including high school, college and professional, were studied. A whopping 177 were diagnosed with CTE.

It should be noted the study points out potential bias since relatives of players could have submitted the brains due to clinical symptoms they noticed while the players were alive.

Regardless, the JAMA study's results are alarming, especially since it is the largest CTE study to date.

Is Jimmy Garoppolo missing a day of camp with a calf injury a story?

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Is Jimmy Garoppolo missing a day of camp with a calf injury a story?

Phil Perry and guest host Mike Giardi discuss Jimmy Garoppolo’s calf and whether his missing a day of mini camp is a story. Perry also speaks with Dr. John Sullivan about the mental side of sports.

1:20 Jimmy Garoppolo’s calf

22:48 Dr. John Sullivan interview