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Flyers' Primeau Succumbs to Aching Knee

Flyers' Primeau Succumbs to Aching Knee

March 29, 2001
By Tom Keppeler, Knee1 Staff

Philadelphia Flyers center Keith Primeau will miss three weeks of action on the ice after suffering a partial tear, or sprain, of a ligament in his left knee on Monday.

Primeau tore the ligament after a tumble with Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips in the third period of Monday's game. After falling into the boards feet-first, Primeau, the team's leading scorer, was helped off the ice. "I caught a rut at the same time a defenseman was pushing on my knee," Primeau told the Associated Press. "I felt my knee buckle, so I just let go. It wasn't the impact with the boards that caused the injury."

Magnetic Resonance Imaging tests of Primeau's knee revealed that he had a Grade-2 sprain, or a "partial tear." He will be fitted for a brace and will undergo a strength-training program to recoup the knee. Team doctors expect him to return to the ice in three weeks.

The injury comes during a rough season for the Flyers, who recently added forwards John LeClair and Simon Gagne. LeClair, sidelined with a back injury, missed more than half of the season. Gagne missed 12 games with a shoulder injury.

A sprain most often develops as the result of trauma, or a swift injury, to the ligaments. Ligaments connect bones to bones; in the knee, they connect the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone).

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