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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer has MRI exam for 'possibly' old, lingering injury

Eric Brewer wanted it known he had not had "any kind of incident."

The Lightning defenseman indicated late Wednesday that as far as he was concerned, he would be available for tonight's game with the Islanders and said an MRI exam he had was "possibly" about an injury that had lingered for a while.

"We always try to be on top of things," he said.

It wasn't much, but it was far more than what was known earlier in the day, when Brewer was not at practice at the Ice Sports Forum and coach Guy Boucher said the defenseman had an upper-body injury that was not sustained at a game or practice.

General manager Steve Yzerman created more intrigue when he wrote in a text message in response to an inquiry about what had happened to his top defenseman: "Don't really know."

Brewer has been banged up. He also had surgeries in December 2008 and April 2009 for a herniated disc in his back.

"It's nothing serious, we hope," Yzerman wrote of Brewer's current situation and added he was unsure if Brewer would play today.

"We'll see (today)," Boucher said. "I'm going to church to light some candles."

Losing Brewer, 32, would be a crushing blow for the Lightning's struggling defense, already without Mattias Ohlund, who is out after arthroscopic surgery on both knees.

Brewer has been part of the top defensive pairing with Victor Hedman. He has an assist and six penalty minutes and is averaging 22:19 of ice time.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer has MRI exam for 'possibly' old, lingering injury 10/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10:44pm]
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