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Clowe ‘concerned’ with history of concussions

New Jersey Devils v Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 7: Ryane Clowe #29 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Rexall Place on October 7, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Edmonton Oilers won 5-4 in shootout. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Derek Leung

New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe has been out of action since suffering a concussion against Winnipeg on October 13. He’s played just six games this season, but he’s returned to skating and is aiming to return soon.

His history of concussion issues has him nervous, however, as he tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

“I can’t really control what happens, but I’d probably be lying to you by saying it’s not really some concern when you have these things, but just as long as it’s not affecting how I play or when I get back if I’m thinking about it, that’s the most important thing,” Clowe said.

Clowe suffered three different head or neck injuries last season, one with San Jose and two with the New York Rangers. He told Gulitti he came back too soon from the concussion he suffered against Carolina as a Ranger in late April and was finished off when he was hit by Jason Chimera in the playoffs.

One way or the other, the Devils have to be concerned seeing Clowe dealing with another concussion so early into the season and with four more years left on his contract after this one.

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