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Mike Green Recovering From Concussion, Could Be Out Until NHL Playoffs

The Washington Capitals may not have Mike Green until the beginning of the NHL Playoffs. Green's head injuries were concussions, and the Capitals defensemen may sit out until the end of the regular season, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.

With eight games remaining in the regular season, the chance of Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green returning from a concussion in time for the playoffs is uncertain, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Thursday.    

Green has missed 18 of the past 20 games and almost every practice with the concussion. He initially was hit in the head by a slap shot on Super Bowl Sunday, and then suffered another concussion when Derek Stepan elbowed him against the New York Rangers, according to Carrera. The team has not publicly defined Green's injury, per team policy, but the symptoms certainly line up with a concussion.

Boudreau said that the team wants Green to be put through at least three good practices before playing him, and reemphasized that they will not play him until he is fully healthy.