Sauer placed on IR

December, 14, 2011
12/14/11
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The Rangers have placed defenseman Michael Sauer (concussion) on injured reserve, according to the roster on the team's official website.

The 24-year-old sustained the head injury in the Rangers' 4-2 loss last Monday, when Sauer was rocked by a devastating hit from Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

Sauer has not skated since suffering the concussion and did not make the trip with the team on its two-game Western Conference swing with stops in St. Louis and Phoenix.

Sauer joins fellow blue-liner Marc Staal on injured reserve; Staal has yet to play a game this season because of post-concussion symptoms stemming from a hit delivered by older brother Eric in a game last February.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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