Rangers' Staal cleared for contact

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 26, 2011

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)
Injured New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was cleared for contact, and took a few bumps on the ice from his teammates as he continues his recovery from a concussion. Staal, who will turn 25 in January, has been out all season because of the effects of a concussion sustained in February when he was hit by his brother, Eric, of the Carolina Hurricanes. He has been skating in recent days and was cleared for light contact. Staal was on the Madison Square Garden ice Monday morning in advance of the Rangers' game against the New York Islanders. There is still no timetable for his return to game action. After skating on consecutive days last week, Staal talked to concussion specialist Dr. Robert Cantu and was told he could have contact following the two-day Christmas break if he felt well enough.
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