Rangers unsure how long Avery is out

Updated: September 21, 2009, 11:10 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Sean Avery has been sidelined by a sprained right knee, an injury sustained in the morning skate before the New York Rangers faced the Detroit Red Wings.

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The diagnosis was made during the Rangers' 4-2 preseason victory over the Red Wings on Monday night. Avery was examined by a second doctor -- team physician and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Feldman -- at Madison Square Garden.

There is no immediate timetable for the agitating forward's return.

"I am not sure how long," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "It is a sprain so he will be out for a little bit. He will be out for a couple of days."

Avery was seen by Dr. Anthony Maddalo, a team assistant physician, after he collided knee on knee with fellow Rangers forward Ryan Callahan on Monday morning.


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