Seidenberg out up to three months

Updated: January 18, 2004, 11:02 AM ET
Associated Press

VOORHEES, New Jersey -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who will miss up to three months, underwent surgery Friday to repair a broken leg.

Seidenberg fractured his left tibia and fibula in practice Thursday and underwent surgery Friday morning at Hahnemann University Hospital. Doctors inserted a metal rod in the leg, a process that has a typical recovery time of at least 12 weeks, team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca said.

"Everything went very well," said DeLuca, who performed the surgery. "There were no problems. The bone came back very nicely, well aligned. Just as we planned, he has a medal rod down the middle of the tibia."

Seidenberg, 22, had spent most of the season in the American Hockey League. He had two penalty minutes in five games with the Flyers.

Philadelphia got some good news Friday as captain Keith Primeau returned after missing six games with a broken thumb. The Flyers were 0-4-1-1 without Primeau, who has has four goals and nine assists in 38 games this season.

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