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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews thought he’d be playing by now. He thought he was healing quickly from a concussion suffered last month. It takes time, however. And, lately, he’s come to terms to realize what it takes to overcome a concussion, and what not to do to fall into the same trap as players like Sidney Crosby. From the Chicago Tribune:
“It was so minor at first that it took some time to realize it might be something more serious,” Toews said after taking part in Friday’s morning skate, hours before the Hawks 4-3 victory over the Rangers at United Center. “You have to admit it to yourself, but you see so many guys around the league dealing with that right now and you don’t want to be one of those guys. It took some time to come to grips with that and realize I had to rest to get better.”
Toews continued, talking about the frustration behind being off the ice up until yesterday, but knowing he has to be smart about it:
“I thought a week-and-a-half-ago that I would be playing by now,” Toews said. “That might be the most frustrating and difficult thing that I am back on the ice and I feel good out there and I feel like I should be playing in a couple of days. “But no one else can tell me how I feel. It’s up to me to be honest with myself and be smart about it. You learn to play through so many other things, but this might be the one thing that might not be an intelligent thing to do. I’ll try to make sure when I’m ready to play I’ll be 100 percent and I can do it while not thinking about it at all.”  
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