Defenseman Mike Green skated and took part in a light, optional practice with 11 teammates at KCI this morning. Afterward, the two-time Norris Trophy finalist said he was no longer experiencing concussion symptoms.
Green did not take any contact in what was a very low-intensity practice, but he did take shots, stick handle and weaved through his teammates on a few drills.
“That’s the most I’ve done in a long time here,” Green said. “I felt good. That’s the most important thing. I don’t have anything going on, and each day’s been better and it was nice to get a good skate in.”
After the on-ice session Friday, Green was asked if the symptoms were gone: “Yeah. So it’s just a matter of me getting back into shape now and getting into playing shape.”
On Monday, Green told reporters after he skated alone that day that he was still experiencing symptoms “here and there.”
Green said during his time off he went to an optometrist and began wearing glasses and contacts this week. He added that his need for glasses and contacts is not like what former Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier experienced back in 2009. Pothier missed more than a year with with a concussion and well-documented post-concussion problems that included the development of astigmatism in his right eye. Pothier started wearing glasses and undergoing vision therapy after the diagnosis.