PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger broke his long-time silence to the Philadelphia media on Thursday, speaking about the concussion-related symptoms that have kept him off the ice since November of 2011.

“Basically, I’m just trying to get healthy,” Pronger told 94WIP’s Glen Macnow and Rob Ellis. “I don’t think there needs to be anything other than me trying to get healthy just to live a normal life, and then we’ll kind of take it from there. My goal and my purpose is just to try to get as healthy as I can get, try to get my vision back to where it can be, or should be, and kind of go from there.”

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At a press conference on Thursday afternoon Pronger said he’s made some strides in his recovery, but still has a long way to go.

“I’ve made improvements, but I still have symptoms,” Pronger said. “My eyesight is … I keep having to get stronger and stronger glasses.”

Pronger said he’s not planning on retiring, but does not have any target date to return to the ice, if at all.

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“Well, I can function at a lot higher rater, or higher level,” Pronger told Macnow and Ellis. “Before, I guess, there was probably a five or six month period where I just kind of sat around the house and didn’t do anything. Didn’t feel like doing anything, didn’t want to do anything, you kind of get a little depressed, you start getting fat, you start eating a bunch of junk. You start falling down and slippery slope.”



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