Flames’ T.J. Brodie re-joins team, but won’t play yet

Ryan Leslie explains that T.J. Brodie is recovering from what doctors say could be a fainting episode and not related to anything else, and his Flames teammates talked about the incident putting things in perspective for them.

The Calgary Flames announced on Friday that T.J. Brodie will travel with the team as they continue their U.S. road trip, though he will remain on the sidelines as he continues his recovery after last week’s health scare.

Last Thursday, Brodie collapsed on the ice mid-practice and began convulsing as teammates and staff rushed to attend to him. He was taken to the hospital and was allowed to return home that same day, but continues to be evaluated by medical staff. Flames team physician Dr. Ian Auld indicated during a press conference the following day that it’s likely Brodie fainted, and that the team will continue to oversee further testing.

The team provided a further update this week, announced that Brodie skated Thursday for the first time since the incident.

“T.J. has been working out for the past several days and today skated on his own under the supervision of our medical staff,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in a statement. “Over this past week he has had consultations with appropriate specialists in Calgary. To date all medical evaluations and testing have been reassuring.

“We still work to complete final testing and are optimistic he will re-join the team in the near future. TJ has been placed on injury reserve retroactive to Nov. 14.”

Brodie’s presence could provide a boost for his teammates as they travel to Philadelphia ahead of Saturday’s matchup. The Flames have been mired in a six-game losing skid that has them free-falling in the standings.

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