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Blue Jackets' Berard has second back surgery in year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard, who
missed much of last season with a back injury, had a second surgery
on Thursday.

Berard, who hasn't played this year, could be back before the
end of the season, team spokesman Todd Sharrock said.

The surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles was to repair a herniated
disc and was similar to the surgery he had in March on another
disc.

"When I got hurt last season, it turns out I hurt both at the
same time," Berard said.

Berard, 29, signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract before last
season. He had played in 44 games last season.