Drills leave Carlo wobbly

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Flambuoyant KISS front man Gene Simmons would have been proud of all the tongues hanging out at the Ricoh Coliseum yesterday.

The exhausting opening day of Camp Maurice claimed more than a few exhausted victims, none more drained than young defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo.

With only 10 minutes remaining in the mid-day practice session, Colaiacovo skated to the boards, plopped himself on the bench and immediately received attention from the Leaf medical staff.

Moments later, as he was helped to the Leaf dressing room, Colaiacovo suddenly stopped in front of the door and draped his arm around one of the trainers.

Initial fears were that the 23-year-old Mississauga native had suffered a bout of post-concussion syndrome. After all, Colaiacovo had not appeared in a Leafs uniform since last January when he had his marbles scrambled in a game against Ottawa.

But Leafs general manager John Ferguson suspects the root of Colaiacovo's woes yesterday had more to do with his lack of intense on-ice activity the past eight months rather than the after-effects of the concussion.

"We won't know for sure until we talk to him (today)," Ferguson said last night. "We don't expect him to be back for the Blue-White game (tomorrow). But barring test results indicating it is something more serious, there is no reason he could not return as early as Monday."

While disappointed at becoming ill, Colaiacovo told Sportsnet last night he was optimistic of returning soon. He is buoyed by the fact he was cleared during the summer by doctors, who found no lingering symptoms from the concussion in Ottawa.


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