Downie feeling better, close to returning

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When Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie collided into St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund on March 22, the concern was that he might be out for a while given his concussion history. However, it looks like that worst case scenario won’t be realized.

Just a week after going down, Downie joined the Flyers’ practice this morning.

“I feel pretty good, actually,” Downie told CSN Philly. “I’m almost ready. Nothing’s really bothering me, there’s just a couple more steps I need to take.”

It’s worth noting that the Flyers have never confirmed that Downie has a concussion, although they have been handling the situation as if he sustained one. Officially he’s out with an upper-body injury.

Despite Downie’s optimism, Flyers coach Craig Berube said he’s still day-to-day.

Philadelphia will play against Boston at 12:30 p.m. ET tomorrow on NBCSN.