MLive’s Ansar Khan posted an article this morning which discusses Dylan Larkin’s injury status, addressing Larkin’s recovery from a neck injury suffered at the hands of Jamie Benn this past season. Larkin’s recovery is not complete yet, so he’s not been cleared for full-contact practices or games:
“I don’t think I thought about (the injury) much today, which is a great sign and I just think for myself, why take a risk right now?” Larkin said. “I haven’t had a hit since the last one I took. I want to go into the season healthy. I don’t want to have anything nagging. I don’t want to have to deal with it, so I want to make sure I’m ready.
“Yes, there’s going to be a time to take a hit and it’s going to be good, more mentally than anything, to take a hit. But at least for the first couple days, I don’t want to risk something. I want to be a little bit cautious.”
Larkin said he couldn’t say whether he would be ready to play if there were a game this week.
“Our medical staff has done a great job since the night of the injury to make sure I’m here today and playing and healthy,” Larkin said. “We have a plan and we’re going to stick with it. I don’t think anyone on our staff expects this is going to slow me down or hold things up, but there’s still a couple last steps to take to make sure everything is good.”
Continued; WXYZ’s Brad Galli also filed a report regarding Larkin’s status: