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Lindros: Concussion Won’t Change Me

January 18, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Eric Lindros says a concussion for the third straight season won’t change the way he plays.

The Philadelphia Flyers captain already has missed two games and will not play in Thursday night’s home game against Ottawa.

Coach Roger Neilson said Lindros will have neurological tests Thursday. If he clears that, he might skate Friday and possibly play Sunday at Pittsburgh.

``Over the course of the last eight years, I’ve changed quite a bit,″ Lindros said Tuesday. ``But it is not going to change drastically. I’m going to continue to play that style.″

His third concussion in 22 months came during Friday night’s game at Atlanta.

``It’s not something I’m taking lightly,″ Lindros said after a brief workout, which did not include skating. ``But everyone’s assured me that, given the right amount of time, I’ll be back as strong as ever.″

Lindros said he did some easy work on a stationary bike because he was experiencing some headaches when he tried to ride on Monday.

Lindros thinks he was injured when he put a hard hit on Atlanta defenseman Chris Tamer in the first minute. Then, he says he took an elbow to the side of his face on the same shift.

``Normally, when you give a hit, you’re supposed to come out of it feeling pretty good,″ Lindros said.

Eric’s younger brother, Brett, was forced to retire from the New York Islanders several years ago after three concussions in nine months. Brett phoned Eric after the older Lindros’ most recent injury.

His advice?

``Same as before,″ Eric said. ``It will get better.″

Lindros wears a state-of-the-art helmet, so there’s not much to improve on in terms of protection.

``It’s not a helmet or a visor issue,″ Lindros said. ``I wear a mouthpiece. It’s not about equipment.″

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