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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every morning for the final month of 2014, Leo Komarov woke up and hoped he simply didnt have a headache. That was life with a concussion for the Maple Leafs 27-year-old winger. He called it a weird feeling, this existence of being not quite awful, but never quite right, either. There were the small headaches that became sporadic throughout the day. There was the newfound sensitivity to lights and movement. It was strange, though not completely unfamiliar. It wasnt fun, said Komarov on the first day of 2015, feeling better in recent weeks. I could do everything Im used to doing, its just something wasnt right. This was not the first concussion for Komarov. He had two small ones in the past, he says. One time, he was even knocked out on the ice, but well enough, apparently, to play the next day. The Leafs took no such chances, though. Operating under a new climate of increased sensitivity to head injuries in hockey (and pro sports), they held Komarov out for 14 games. He was allowed to skate four days after he was first clipped by Alex Ovechkin, didnt feel quite right after and was kept on relative rest for the next couple weeks. He was urged to report symptoms whenever he felt them. The headaches seemed to be the most constant thing. They were minor, he says, but present just about every day. Sometimes hed wake up in the morning and feel fine, only for his head to start throbbing some time thereafter. He tried to watch TV, but never for quite as long as usual, played around on his iPad, nothing really out of the ordinary in the day-to-day of his normal life, though one that excluded hockey. He lingered with this undercurrent of just feeling off. Its hard in the world we live in right now, its hard to be without TV or phones or internet, Komarov says with some thought. I think if you locked yourself in a dark room, you would go crazy. Komarov started gearing up bit by bit by the middle of December. He began skating again in the third week of the month, rejoined the team on the ice a short while later and was finally back at practice for the first time this past Saturday in Sunrise, Florida. He was declared ready to play Wednesday in Boston after enduring three days of body contact without issue. In his first game back against the Bruins, Komarov scored the first Leaf goal in an eventual shootout win. He doesnt have any symptoms now, he says, but still kind of feels strange. He was even nervous to see how hed react to the bright lights, sounds and feel of being in a packed arena again, the TD Garden holding more than 17,000 people on Wednesday night. Its not maybe like where it used to be, but its probably because I havent [played] for a month. Just need to get used to it, said Komarov, who was credited with nine hits in the win over Boston. And you miss it, too. The only thing I can do is play hockey. Youre out for a month and its strange. Therein lies the challenge of concussions and part of why its been such a struggle to even confront, let alone overcome them. Theres just no predictability or sameness to the injury. Every one is different. And the symptoms can really only be reported by the individual. Theres no MRI to point out whats wrong, no simple test that can say with certainty whether a concussion is present or not. Word is Komarov even passed that first concussion test following the hit from Ovechkin. But evidently he did have a concussion after all. Daniel Winnik, sitting a stall over from Komarov in the spacious visiting room of the Minnesota Wilds home rink - where the Leafs will play Friday - was briefly knocked unconscious from a huge collision earlier this year. He did not have a concussion and was ready to play just a few days later. Thats the thing, said Komarov. Usually when youve got an AC joint or something, you know its going to be 4-6 weeks and you can start practicing after two weeks maybe, and be ready [soon after]. But in my situation, I couldnt really do anything. I just tried to wake up every morning and hope it was better, but it took time. Its a hard situation to be in, he concluded. You cant really do anything. Charles Mann Redskins Jersey.The Hamilton Tiger-Cat defensive back always has the required receipt. But he also walks around with a tangle of metal screws, rods and plates after breaking his neck in 2006 playing high school football in Louisiana. Doug Williams Redskins Jersey. Footballs governing body said Tuesday that of the 2,577,662 tickets allocated for this years tournament, 1,041,418 have gone to people in Brazil. The U. Diego Costa headed in Gabis corner seven minutes from time to secure victory ahead of the return match in Madrid on March 11. 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