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RICE & MICE: Matt Read’s rib cage muscles and Zach Redmond’s femoral artery

  Injuries giveth and injuries taketh away. Just as it was announced that Scott Hartnell was nearing a return to the Flyers lineup, it was announced that Matt Read would miss around six weeks with torn rib cage muscles. Read left the February 20 game against Pittsburgh after the first period and did not return. Now, when players injure their wrist, we can put a brace on it. Shoulder injury? Put the shoulder in a sling. Ankle? Give them some crutches so they can rest the ankle. Rib muscle injury? Well, we can’t exactly tell a player to stop breathing …

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At least it’s not a concussion: Read out 6 weeks with rib muscle injury

Matt Read left Wednesday’s thrilling 6-5 win over the Penguins with an upper-body injury and did not return. Speculation ran rampant that this might have been one of those euphemisms for the dreaded “concussion.” But no. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren stated before the end of that contest that Read was hit in the chest with a puck, and that’s at least more of a creative use of the truth than the actual truth. The actual truth, from Holmgren prior to Thursday’s game against Florida, is that Read is expected to miss the next six weeks with torn rib cage muscles. …