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By Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky)
Despite returning to practice on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Flyers will be without forward Wayne Simmonds for Thursday night’s contest against the Florida Panthers. Flyers inside reporter Anthony SanFilippo initally reported that Simmonds was “doubtful” for the game, but Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Frank Seravalli has reported the 24 year old is officially ruled out.
Simmonds has been suffering from the effects of a concussion after being hit with an inadvertent elbow to the face by John Erskine in a game against the Washington Capitals less than a week ago. Erskine served a 3 game suspension for the hit, and has personally apologized to Simmonds.
The Ontario native took the ice for the first time on Wednesday at Flyers practice in Voorhees, New Jersey, donning a yellow “no-contact” jersey. Although Simmonds told the press he felt good, he was unaware whether or not he would take the ice against the Panthers. However, the med...