Ellis is unlikely to play for Flyers this season with a back injury

VOORHEES, NJ — Ryan Ellis is not anticipated to play for the Philadelphia Flyers this season due to a torn psoas muscle in his back.

“Ryan Ellis is out indefinitely, no timetable for his return to play,” normal supervisor Chuck Fletcher stated Thursday. “My assumption is he will not play this season. If he does, it’s going to be a bonus.”

Fletcher stated the injury is additionally affecting a number of areas in his belly area and that surgical procedure doesn’t seem to be an possibility.

“I do know we have been in all probability obscure with describing the injury, I feel we have referred to as it multifaceted, which it is,” he stated. “There’s a psoas element of this, there’s a hip element, there’s an adductor element, so I’m undecided that if you happen to go in and restore one half it is going to repair all the pieces we’re making an attempt to work with. Trying to get all the pieces back, rehab all the pieces back. I’ve by no means heard of an injury like this. It’s very difficult. A torn psoas is a very important injury for a hockey participant, a very uncommon injury, so we’re doing the very best we are able to and we ‘ll simply depart it up to the medical specialists.”

When requested if this could possibly be a career-threatening injury, Fletcher stated, “Certainly that is a risk.”

The Flyers acquired Ellis, 31, in a three-team commerce with the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights on July 17, 2021, with the hope that he could possibly be the right-shot element on the highest protection pair with left-shot Ivan Provorov. Ellis performed 4 video games, the final Nov. 13.

“The rehab, there’s been ebbs and flows,” Fletcher stated. “I feel he made progress earlier in the summertime. I’d say the final two months there have not been any seen indicators of progress. It’s been a irritating injury. Nobody’s extra pissed off than Ryan, no person desires to play greater than Ryan. But we’re dealing with actuality now and he is not skating, so clearly he is a great distance away from taking part in.”

Sean Couturier is seeing a specialist Thursday for a second opinion on his upper-body injury, Fletcher stated. He is week to week.

The 29-year-old heart had season-ending back surgical procedure on Feb. 11 and stated Sept. 12 that he was absolutely cleared for coaching camp. But since then, Couturier started to really feel extra ache than typical.

Fletcher stated he wasn’t positive if Couturier’s present concern is associated to his back surgical procedure.

“I do know it is in the identical space because the final injury,” Fletcher stated. “I do know that he is been following the medical steering of the medical doctors and our medical workers. I do know over the course of the summer time he was bettering, however but from time to time he had some nerve irritation in his glutes. He was instructed that it was a regular a part of the method. Continued to practice and in some unspecified time in the future, over the past week, issues deteriorated, and he obtained to the purpose the place he was not sleeping as properly and experiencing some ache.

“What triggered that? I do not know. Was it a recurrence? Was it a re-injury? Was it simply not absolutely healed from earlier than? I do not know. It’s a difficult injury. … There’s a complete host of parts that influence your back”

Forward Joel Farabeewho had synthetic disk alternative surgical procedure June 24, was on the ice for the primary day of coaching camp however has not been cleared for contact.

The ahead was fourth on the Flyers with 17 objectives in 63 video games final season.

“I really feel actually good,” Farabee stated. “Constantly speaking with my physician and the blokes right here. I am unable to verify but what my timeline appears like, however for proper now, I really feel actually good. I’ve been lifting fairly a bit and getting on the ice right here for the final month, so undoubtedly getting my physique to the place it wants to be and simply preserve going from right here.”

Forward Patrick Brown had back surgical procedure through the offseason and is week to week.

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