Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 12/26/11

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)
The big news out of practice today is that Marc Staal, out all year with post-concussion symptoms, was cleared for full contact. The news on Staal is great news, but also not all that surprising. He had been making serious progress in his recovery, and had been traveling with the team and practice –in a yellow non contact jersey– for a few weeks now. With Staal cleared for contact, his timetable for a return is now measured in days, not weeks. Considering the state of the blue line, Staal may be back sooner rather than later.
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