Sean Couturier injury: Flyers center to miss at least two weeks
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The bad news is the Flyers will be without their best player for a while. The good news is today you learned what "Costochondrial" means!
Reigning Selke Trophy Winner Sean Couturier took only two shifts and played just 45 seconds on Friday night in the Flyers' second victory over the Penguins this week, and he left the game shortly after taking this hit into the boards from Pens forward Jared McCann:

This hit that Couturier took at the end of his last shift. Missed the rest of the first period. — Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) January 16, 2021

There was no update on Couturier's status through the rest of the game, which certainly led to some concern over how injured the Flyers' best forward (best player?) may be and how much time the team should be prepared to be without him. We got that news this afternoon, as the Flyers announced that Couturier will be out for a minimum of two weeks:

Injury update: Forward Sean Couturier will be out a minimum of two weeks with a Costochondral separation. — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 16, 2021

Now, if you're like me, your thought process upon initially seeing that tweet may have been as follows.

First: "Well, this sucks, but that could have been a lot worse. Shoulder injuries, which that looked like it was, can lead to long absences, and while it's definitely bad that the Flyers are going to be without their best forward for some number of games here, he'll still be around for most of the season. Given how things look last night, this isn't a terrible outcome."

And then: "Wait, what the hell is a Costochondral separation? Let me go consult the internet."

And then, upon reading that: "That sounds absolutely terrible! Wow!"

So, indeed. Sean Couturier has a rib injury that sounds extraordinarily painful and he's going to miss at least two weeks to rehabilitate from that. If we take that…
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