Mid-way through the offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers got some injury news regarding top-line winger Joel Farabee.
Farabee, who is entering year 4 with the Flyers, suffered a back injury that would require surgery.
The initial reports on Farabee’s timeline for return were 3-4 months. Which would have set his return for mid-November.
But, on Day 1 of training camp, Farabee was on the ice with his teammates.
“Joel is cleared to practice,” GM Chuck Fletcher after Farabee took the ice on Thursday. “He is not cleared for contact, but cleared to skate.”
When asked about his injury, Farabee went into detail about the injury and how it happened.
“I was actually racking a bench press set, was a warmup – like 90lbs,” Farabee said of how the injury happened. “Just kind of reached back and felt a really weird pinch in my neck.”
Farabee added “was just having a lot pain, nerve pain in my neck.” That led to a MRI in Philadelphia and eventual surgery a few weeks later.
Farabee’s injury was an interesting one and the end solution was surgery. A surgery that just two other players in the NHL have had before.
“Felt it was the best decision in terms of my pain level,” Farabee said when asked about why he got surgery. “Was having a lot of nerve pain down my arm; it was the best decision for myself and my career.”
As for his expectations of when he could return to the lineup, Farabee was hesitant to give a timeline for his return.
“Constantly talking to my doctor and the guys here,” Farabee said when asked about his return. “Can’t confirm yet what my timeline looks like. But, for right now, I feel really good.”
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