Team Keeping Watchful Eye on Young Player with History of Injury After Big Hit

Published October 6, 2023 at 12:14

Let's get this out of the way immediately. Bowen Byram, the fourth overall pick of the Colorado Avalanche, has a history when it comes to concussions. In fact, there was a time when he questioned whether he would play again after trying to get back on the ice and suffering headaches and other symptoms. Concern for the young defenceman is high once again after he took a big hit into the boards.

Byram was on the ice in overtime against the Vegas Golden Knights last night. After taking the puck out from behind the net, he was drilled into the boards face-first by Paul Cotter, who would take the puck to the net, get a rebound, and score the OT winner. Byram was very slow to try and get back into the play, but couldn't make it.

According to The Athletic's Peter Baugh, the team is keeping tabs on Byram to ensure he's alright.

"Avs defenseman Bowen Byram felt OK postgame after taking this hit in the third period, I'm told. The team will keep tabs on how he's feeling in the coming days in case something pops up. Colorado is off tomorrow and Saturday."

Byram has missed several games over the past three years, and took a personal leave of absence from the team to deal with concussion symptoms. Hopefully the latest incident won't be a setback for him.
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Team Keeping Watchful Eye on Young Player with History of Injury After Big Hit

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