GLENDALE, Ariz. Remember that bizarre reaction Radim Vrbata had to penicillin last season -- the one that caused a painful and migrating rash that was exacerbated by perspiration and the lack of ventilation caused by his hockey equipment? The one that caused agonizing joint pain and swelling in plenty of unpleasant locations?
Now remember how some critics questioned Vrbatas toughness when he didnt return to the lineup soon enough before discovering the true nature of his illness?
Now take that information and apply it to Vrbatas most recent injury, suffered when he blocked a shot on Feb. 16. When Vrbata limped through the hallway outside the Coyotes locker room in a walking boot recently, reporters were told that the injury was not a fracture, just a bone bruise.
Again, there were plenty of people questioning Vrbatas toughness.
Turns out the diagnosis and the critics were wrong. Upon a recent visit to an outside doctor, X-rays showed a crack in a bone in his left foot.