Symptoms from whiplash injury are back

Updated: December 31, 2003, 4:34 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Kings center Jason Allison realizes he might not play this season because of his whiplash injury.

Allison stopped skating last week because of a recurrence of symptoms. He hasn't played in a game since last Jan. 25.

"With how long it's been, there's a chance I might not be able to play this year," Allison said before the Kings lost to the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night. "Basically, right now I'd be really happy just to make it back at all. I have to be realistic about it and obviously it's going to take more time on the rehab end of it than I thought."

Allison appeared to be making progress until last week, when he experienced vision problems. He hasn't practiced since.

Coach Andy Murray has said Allison has been cleared to play and he's baffled by the center's prolonged absence and the inability of doctors to pinpoint the cause of Allison's problems.

"No doctor I saw said I could play," Allison said. ``But I don't want to get into that."

The Kings took a 16-12-5-4 record into Wednesday night's game at Phoenix, good for 41 points and second place in the Pacific Division, one point behind San Jose.

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