Shawn Thornton cleared for contact

Updated: February 7, 2013, 4:42 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Shawn Thornton, who met with the media for the first time since suffering a concussion in a fight with Sabres enforcer John Scott in a 7-4 Bruins loss Jan. 30, said he is now cleared for contact and practice.

Thornton is unsure whether he will play in either of the Bruins' back-to-back games Saturday (versus Tampa Bay) and Sunday (versus Scott and the Sabres).

"I feel good, and I've felt good all week," Thornton said. "I'm happy to be around. I was a little bit tired on Friday but I might've been anyway because there was a lot of hockey going into that game last Thursday. Saturday I was out walking around, Sunday I rode the bike and have been back skating ever since."

The 6-foot-8, 258-pound Scott and the 6-2, 217-pound Thornton dropped the gloves just 2:53 into the first period of January's game. Thornton took a number of fast and furious punches to the head and appeared to be dazed and wobbly as he headed to the penalty box.

After serving his 5-minute major for fighting, Thornton immediately headed to the Bruins' dressing room and did not return.

Thornton said he has no regrets about the fight with Scott.

"Obviously with Buffalo they brought him in because of our team, and it's my job to make sure that I'm available for that so it's not one of our star players that has to do it," Thornton said. "That's part of my role and I accept it fully. Like I said, I wish it went differently but I knew it was going to happen and it was better to get it out of the way early. I mean, would you rather that or wait until he does something stupid and I have to deal with it? So the other way it was a non-factor after that."

Information from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald was used in this report.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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