Pronger progressing on ice

Chris Pronger has skated lightly the past two days. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Hobbling around the Flyers’ Skate Zone with a boot on his right foot, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said the progress in his surgically repaired foot is evidenced by the downsizing of the boot.

“It’s still very early,” Pronger said. “I just got the big boot off and I’ve got the little one on now.”

Pronger had foot surgery on Dec. 17. He has skated lightly on his own for the past two days. He fractured a weight-bearing bone in his foot in Montreal on Dec. 17. The Flyers are 4-3 in the 7 games Pronger has missed since then.

“I’m feeling edges, I guess,” Pronger said. “Prior to that, with that boot, there was not a whole lot I could do from a legs perspective. I could ride the bike a little bit but you’re not really using your whole leg so it throws everything out of whack a little bit.”

What’s Pronger’s next step? He has yet to skate with his teammates but said he has spent more time at the Skate Zone rehabbing than he does when he is usually in the lineup.

“Just getting on the ice,” Pronger said. “There’s going to be some pain and some throbbing, but the doctor said how quickly that subsides will gauge how it’s doing. It’s really how I feel on the ice, too.

“I guess the next step after that would be to skating with my teammates and incorporating a couple pucks and some bodies.”

Pronger will be re-evaluated by Dr. Steven Raikin on Jan. 12.

You’ll have to pick up a copy of Saturday’s Daily News to find out exactly when to expect Pronger back in the lineup.

WALKER BACK: Flyers defenseman Matt Walker returned to practice on Friday in a yellow non-contact jersey. It was his first time on the ice since early December.

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