Originally written on Bleeding All Blue  |  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)
There has been very little news on Marc Staal over the past few months, and even less that was good, but today is a glimmer of hope for the New York Rangers All-Star defenseman.  Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that concussion specialist Dr. Robert Cantu cleared Staal for light physical activity following his Tuesday examination.  This is a positive step after Cantu shut down Staal for a month.  From Brooks...

While the approval to begin light activity implies that Staal was symptom-free while sedentary, there is obviously no guarantee he will remain so as he exercises.

There is no timetable whatsoever attached to this recovery period.
Brooks is right in both regards as to it being a sign he was symptom free during his shutdown period, but there is no guarantee that when he begins exertion again that it will stay that way.   Take this as a positive step in Staal's recovery, but do not get too excited over him potentially coming back anytime soon.


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