Laperriere returns to light practice with team

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According to, Flyers’ forward Ian Laperriere was back on the ice during Sunday’s morning skate.  It marks the first time he has skated with the team since suffering a concussion and brain contusion in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils.

“It felt good,” Laperriere told Sarah Baicker. “I feel fine.”

The 36-year-old was deemed out for the season when an MRI showed a spot on his brain after a puck hit him just above his right eye.  The Montreal native was cleared by doctors to skate on Saturday but has yet to be cleared for contact.

Laperriere will undergo an MRI at some time in the next two weeks to see if he’s healthy enough to come back into the lineup full time.  However, the gritty winger doesn’t want to take chances unless he’s 100-percent.

“It’s a tough subject,” he said. “Nobody knows, nobody wants to give a timeline. It’s the brain – it’s not like a knee, they don’t want to miss that one.

“What I know is, I’ve been cleared to skate, and I’m doing it. I’m doing everything – just in case I get cleared to play – to be ready.”

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