Simmonds returns to practice

Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds participated at his first practice today since suffering a concussion in Friday’s 3-2 loss at Washington to the Capitals.

Simmonds suffered his injury when Washington’s John Erskine elbowed him in the face. Erskine was not called for a penalty but later was issued a three-game suspension.

Simmonds wore a non-contact yellow jersey in practice. The Flyers will later issue an update on Simmonds status but it would be a surprise if he is cleared to play in Thursday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Florida Panthers.

“I feel good,” Simmonds said. “I felt fine today.”

Simmonds added that while it is his first practice since the injury, he was skating on Sunday

Asked if thinks he will be cleared for Thursday, Simmonds said he would leave that up to the team’s medical staff.

One other interesting tidbit is that Erskine sent a text to Simmonds.

John texted and I obviously appreciate the text,” Simmonds said. “I don’t think he meant to get me in the head. It was a reactionary thing and we are all hockey players and things happen quickly out there on the ice.”