Concussions cost Oilers

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

It appears the Edmonton Oilers will have to do without Sheldon Souray longer than they hoped or expected.

Initially diagnosed with a mild concussion after Jarome Iglina tripped him into the end boards in the third game of the season Oct. 8, Souray doesn't appear even close to coming back.

He didn't accompany the team on its two-game road trip the Nashville and Chicago and now that the Oilers are back in Edmonton he's not even coming to the rink.

"Our staff says it's pretty much status quo," said head coach Pat Quinn.

"No significant improvement. He's not even ready to begin any type of off-ice workouts, let alone on the ice yet."

Souray is their most physical defenceman, their hardest shooter and a key to much of their success on the power play, so being out for an extended period is going to be a costly loss.

"He's been a big shooter for a lot of years," said Quinn.

"We have other guys who shoot it well, too. A lot of times they don't get it through like Souray does.

"People don't want to get in the way of Souray's shot is the biggest reason. If we can get it through we shouldn't miss that part of it as badly as we might think,"

Steve Staios, also down with a concussion, is in the same boat, unable yet to even practice with the team.


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