It appears the injury suffered by Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is worse than initially suspected.
Simmonds showed up to the team’s practice Sunday morning wearing a boot on his left foot.
The 26-year-old suffered the injury on Tuesday during preseason action against the New York Rangers.
According to TIm Panaccio, Simmonds appeared fine after the game, but Craig Berube told reporters the injury didn’t become apparent until Wednesday.
Simmonds is coming off a 2013-14 season which saw him set new career highs in goals (29), assists (31) and points (60) in 82 games. He was looking forward to joining Sean Couturier’s line this season.
“I think I add a different element to those guys’ game,” Simmonds told CSNPhilly.com. “They help me, as well. They help me defensively. I work on my defensive game. I try to get better. I think playing with those two, I will have no choice but to get better.
“I also bring a different offensive element that has not been on that line before. I can go and loosen up pucks for those guys. Both of them are great shooters. Both great with puck down low. I can create room for them.”
The Flyers open the regular season on Oct. 8 in Boston.