Originally written on Talk Hockey  |  Last updated 11/20/14

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers celebrates against the Washington Capitals on February 4, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)



New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been cleared for contact and is closer to his return. Staal suffered a concussion after getting hit by his brother Eric early this year in Feburary. Marc has been suffering from lingering concussion symptoms since and hasn't played a game yet this season.

He's hoping that he'll be able to return for the NHL's Winter Classic on January 2nd, but he won't rush back.

Last year around this time, his brother Jordan Staal was trying to quickly recover from a broken hand so he could make it in time for the Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins. He made it just in time.

"Maybe he came back a couple games early," Marc said to NHL.com. "It's a little different with your hand than your brain."

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