Flyers' Steve Downie to have surgery on both ears to improve hearing

by May 2, 6:25 PM
Eric Hartline / Reuters

The Philadelphia Flyers kept things very quiet down the stretch as forward Steve Downie dealt with an upper-body injury. 

General manager Paul Holmgren told reporters Downie wasn't dealing with a concussion, but he had "a lot of things going on."

Mar 29, 11:24 AM

Report: Flyers' Steve Downie close to making a return

by Mar 29, 11:24 AM

Steve Downie could make his return to the Philadelphia Flyers this weekend after sitting out the last three games with an upper-body injury, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Downie left last Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues after taking a hit in the opening minute of the first period. Even though the team described it as an upper-body injury, many have speculated that he might be suffering from a concussion.

However, Holmgren spoke with reporters Thursday and denied that a concussion is the only reason Downie has been held out of action.

"I wouldn't say it's a concussion," Holmgren said. "He's got a lot of things going on. That might be one. We haven't been able to diagnose it as such, but we're treating it like that, along with the other issues he has. I'm not going to give you any more than that, just because you're talking about a guy that plays the game a certain way and when he comes back, he may still have issues like that."

Downie has recorded 14 assists and 17 points in 49 games this season.