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Brind'Amour Out 2 Months


Philadelphia Flyers center Rod Brind'Amour, whose iron man streak ended when he missed the season opener, needs surgery on his broken foot and will be out up to two months.

Brind'Amour will have two pins inserted into his left foot Tuesday after X-rays showed a second fracture. With forward Keith Jones also out for at least a month with a knee injury, general manager Bob Clarke said he may be looking to make a trade.

"I don't think you can replace Rod Brind'Amour, but it may cause us to reevaluate," Clarke said Monday. "If Brind'Amour's going to miss the next couple of months, or at least a month and half, and if Jones is going to miss a month and a half, that's two of our top six or seven forwards out. We may have to reevaluate what we're doing."

Brind'Amour sustained a fracture in his foot in a preseason game and was placed on injured reserve Oct. 2, ending the NHL's longest current streak at 484 consecutive games. He started skating last week and thought he was getting better.

But X-rays last Thursday showed a second fracture. Brind'Amour said doctors told him it wasn't a new injury, but an old one that didn't show up on the original X-rays. But Clarke questioned whether Brind'Amour tried to come back too soon.

"With hindsight, I guess you could say there should have been more caution with Brind'Amour," Clarke said. "But he did follow what the team was told and what he was told. I guess Rod did go at it a lot harder and has a lot higher pain threshold than the normal person, and that may have caused this problem."

Without Brind'Amour, who was supposed to center the team's second line with Mark Recchi and Simon Gagne, the Flyers are 0-1-1 and scored only one goal in their first two games.

"I've just got to get it fixed," Brind'Amour said. "It's the type of thing that gets worse with every game that you watch in terms of being frustrated, but there's nothing I can do about it."

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