Mike Brown still hurting

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:39 AM ET

In a way, Mike Brown has become the forgotten man of Leafs training camp, a reality the forward is painfully attempting to change.

But given that Saturday was just his first practice with teammates — and he had to leave halfway through — his prospect to be in the lineup on opening night is in some serious doubt.

A groin injury sustained mid-way through last season still hasn’t completely healed, despite surgery early in the off-season.

“I really hope so,” Brown said Saturday when asked if he thinks he can be game ready by Oct. 6. “It all depends on when the training staff tells me its okay to go.

“Right now, I’m making progress.”

Brown has been skating prior to practice on his own and did so again on Saturday. He remained on the ice for the first half of practice until the pain became too much.

“That’s why it’s so frustrating,” Brown said, when asked about the lagging recovery time. “We figured when it first happened, it was just a couple of weeks thing.

“I just want to be in the pre-season games and doing all that stuff getting ready for the season.”


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