Linesman still has concussion symptoms after Wideman hit

Friday February 19th, 2016

Linesman Don Henderson is still experiencing concussion symptoms since he was hit by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman on Jan. 27, reports Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun.

Video of the hit shows Wideman running into Henderson from behind, shoving him to the ice. The NHL suspended Wideman 20 games for his actions, and upheld the suspension after his appeal.

The hit has had lasting implications for Henderson, who is still experiencing concussion symptoms after three weeks of recovery and is in jeopardy of not returning to officiating this season.

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“He still can’t do anything because he hasn’t gone two days symptom-free,” a source familiar with Henderson’s condition told the Calgary Sun“I don’t think he’s coming back anytime soon, if at all.”

Henderson, 47, spent the night in the hospital after the incident, and has not been able to do any physical activity since. He underwent an additional MRI on Wednesday to evaluate the status of his concussion, and has also been dealing with back pain.​

- Erin Flynn

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