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Friday, September 9, 2011
Chris Pronger's return 'couple' weeks away


Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was back on the ice on Friday but estimated that his return to the team is still a "couple" of weeks away, according to a report.

"Having not skated or done anything on the ice in 4 1/2 months, you have to take it slowly and see how you feel day-by-day," Pronger said, according to "Usually, the first time on the ice you feel pretty good and then its day two, three, four, five that you're a little suspect."

Pronger skated for 25 minutes as he recovers from back surgery in May and deals with lingering issues from wrist surgery in March.

He took a number hard slap shots and wrist shots but said afterwards that his wrist felt fine, according to the report.

"I felt pretty good -- how did I look? A little suspect going left to right or right to left?" Pronger asked reporters, according to "It's been a while ... We'll see how I feel tomorrow."

The Flyers start training camp on Sept. 17 and open the regular season on Oct. 6 against the Boston Bruins.