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James van Riemsdyk out with concussion

James van Riemsdyk will not be on the ice in Nashville tonight when the Flyers take on the Predators.

James van Riemsdyk out with concussion

James van Riemsdyk has contributed 11 goals and 11 assists in 37 games. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)
James van Riemsdyk has contributed 11 goals and 11 assists in 37 games. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

James van Riemsdyk will not be on the ice in Nashville tonight when the Flyers take on the Predators.

In fact, van Riemsdyk won't be on the ice at all for a while.

On Saturday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren released a statement saying that JVR will be out indefinitely with a concussion.

According to Holmgren, Van Riemsdyk first reported not feeling like himself yesterday. Holmgren said JVR was hit in the head in each of the last two games.

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Van Riemsdyk, 22, is the fourth Flyer to be diagnosed with a concussion this season, joining Chris Pronger, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn.

This is also the latest in a series of injuries this season for Van Riemsdyk, including a muscular tear in his abdominal region, a chronic hip injury that could require surgery in the offseason and a brief knee problem.

Van Riemsdyk's name swirled in trade rumors this week, but it's safe to say that he's not going anywhere for a while now.

He's put together a disappointing season, with 11 goals and 11 assists in 37 games, after signing a 6-year, $25.5 million deal last summer.

Zac Rinaldo will likely replace JVR in the lineup. Both Rinaldo and Jody Shelley have been healthy scratches in each of the last two games.

Van Rimesdyk has remained with the team in Nashville and will return to Philly with the Flyers late tonight.

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Could this be the hit the concussed van Riemsdyk? It took place last Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. Although the announcers suggest that JVR was taking a dive on this hit by Bobby Butler, he certainly looks shaken up.

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