January 30, 2012

Concussion will keep Horton out of Bruins' lineup

By Jesse Connolly

Those hoping to see Nathan Horton jump right back into the lineup after the All-Star break are going to be disappointed. 

The Bruins winger, who suffered a concussion on a high hit from Flyers forward Tom Sestito on Jan. 22, is still in the neighborhood of three days away from resuming physical activities, according to coach Claude Julien.

“He is getting better,” Julien said. “He’s still at the point where he hasn’t ridden the bike yet, but he is getting better. When you have a concussion, it’s about headaches and everything else. Everything is going in the right direction right now.”

Horton, who as you well know also sustained a concussion in June during the Stanley Cup Finals on a hit from Canucks d-man Aaron Rome, is still feeling the ill effects of Sestito’s late, high hit.

“Until he’s symptom free, he can’t do anything,” Julien said. “It’ll be at least two days and possibly three before he begins being symptom free.”

The B’s bench boss, however, admits that – as is always the case – coming up with an exact prognosis when it comes to concussions is a tall task.

“You never know. Again, they’re all so different,” said Julien. “We just kind of keep our fingers crossed and hope he gets better quickly. It’s still not something even our medical staff can predict.”