Originally written on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 1/28/15

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 06: Paul Martin of the Pittsburgh Penguins awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on November 6, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penguins defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The ambiguity surrounding the health status of Team USA's Paul Martin had the defenseman going from a healthy scratch to being laid low with an illness to the latest report of a fractured bone in his hand - but until the physicians for the Pittsburgh Penguins get a chance to evaluate him, any confirmation on the severity of the injury should be considered premature.The latest report is that Martin has a hand injury, suffered during the quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic, is currently wearing a splint and may eventually need a cast."You know, I grew up playing for my country, always wanting to play for my country," Martin said after experiencing the Olympics for the first time during group play last week. "When you miss a couple Olympics and you're older, you appreciate it that much more. In that moment, it was emotional, definitely. I was out there on the ice skating around, just thinking, 'I'm on the ice for my first Olympic game. It's happening.'"And it en...
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