Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 11/17/11

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

As I added into this morning's article on Brad Richards, defenseman Marc Staal has been cleared for light physical activity by his concussion specialist according to Larry Brooks in the New York Post. Staal, as you know, has been on shutdown for the past month after suffering from relapse post-concussion symptoms in training camp back in September. That means he hasn't been able to workout or skate for the past four weeks, but after his visit to Dr. Cantu in Boston on Tuesday, that all changes. 

Marc is now allowed to engage in light physical activity, which likely means he will begin to get himself back into game-shape in the gym. While working out was when Staal experienced symptoms over the summer, so his reaction to these workouts will be critical in developing a timetable for his return -- there is none at the moment. 

That being said, the Rangers and Marc will want to take this slowly. If he is pushed too far, it could cause a setback and the headaches could return. That would absolutely eliminate any chance he has of being able to play this season, which is a chance the team wishes to preserve right now. Therefore it may be a few weeks until Marc hits the ice in practice. We could see him skate on his own in the early going, but he won't be put in any position where he will come into physical contact on the ice for quite a while. 

So while this doesn't guarantee a return anytime soon, it's still good news for the Rangers' number one defenseman. He's making strides on the path to recovery and you can only hope that he gets through these workouts symptom-free and potentially prepares himself to return to the lineup before the season's end. 

By the way, this situation will be especially difficult to forecast since the Rangers have stated that they will not be providing the media with any updates on Staal's condition during the recovery process. For this reason is why I waited to make a post about the Staal news today, because I figured coach Tortorella would be discussing the issue following practice. That didn't happen and probably never will, though. 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker