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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wideman Out With Hematoma

Dennis Wideman will miss some significant time.
During the middle stages of Thursday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a report from TSN's Bob McKenzie stated that Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman is in the hospital with hematoma and compartment syndrome in his leg.
Wideman suffered the injury during Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes when he fell awkwardly and was then the victim of a flying knee from Tuomo Ruutu, which caught him in the leg.  The fact that Wideman is in the hospital is obviously very bad news, and doctors have had to cut open the area once already to relieve the serious pressure that is building in his leg.
According to forward Mike Knuble, who has been exchanging texts with Wideman, the injury is "gruesome," and it is "grotesque how much (Wideman) is opened up right now."  Knuble also divulged that Wideman is "pretty much high all the time to deal with all the pain."  Seriously?
This injury makes it unlikely that we see Wideman before the start of the playoffs, and we might not even see him after that for a significant portion of time.  My uncle, an orthopedic surgeon, says that it could sideline him for to three weeks, but Caps forward Matt Hendricks was kept out for two months with one while playing overseas during the lockout.  This is not good.
Information from Brandon McNally was used in this post.

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