Chuck Fletcher met with the media to start training camp on Thursday and offered a few updates on injuries.

Sean Couturier, who reportedly re-injured his back, was scheduled to see a specialist Thursday morning for a second opinion. For now, he’s still week-to-week.

Joel Farabee, who had unexpected disc replacement surgery in his neck earlier in the summer, is eligible but non-contact. Still, he’s making progress. He’s also week-to-week.

Ryan Ellis…

“Ryan Ellis is out indefinitely,” Fletcher said. “There is no timetable for his return. I’ll just say my guess is he won’t play this season. If he plays it will be a bonus.”

Is his injury career-threatening at this point?

“It’s certainly a possibility,” Fletcher said.

Oh boy…

Ellis’ tenure with the Flyers has been erratic and brutal since arriving in a trade from Nashville last summer.

Originally slated to partner Ivan Provorov on the defensive top pairing, he played just four games before missing with a lower-body injury that the team only ever really described as “versatile.”

Fletcher finally shed more light Thursday morning on exactly what the issues are and whether surgery is on the table now that it hasn’t been that long.

“The problem, I know we’ve probably been vague in describing the injury, I think we’ve called it multi-faceted, which it is,” Fletcher said. “There is one psoas component there’s a hip component to this, there’s an ab component. So I’m not sure if you go in and repair a part it will fix everything. we are trying to work towards bringing everything back, restoring everything.

“I’ve never heard of such an injury, it’s very complicated. A torn psoas is a very significant injury for a hockey player, a very rare injury. We do our best and we’ll just leave it at that. to medical experts.”

Ellis interviewed the media at the end of last season and was initially upbeat about his rehab program and his goal of being ready for camp. Fletcher was too. But that optimism waned over the summer.

“The recovery, there have been downs,” Fletcher said. “I think he made progress earlier in the summer, I’d say there haven’t been any visible signs of progress in the last two months.

“It was a disappointing injury. No one is more disappointed than Ryan. No one wants to play more than Ryan. But we are now dealing with reality. He doesn’t skate, so it’s clear he’s a long way from playing.”

And now you have to wonder if he’ll ever play again.

“Extremely disappointing for him,” Fletcher said. “I don’t think he ever expected to be traded from Nashville. I think he thought he would be a predator forever. He got over the initial shock of the trade, he came in, he fell right in and he was a great teammate. He took Ivan Provorov under his wing. They had breakfast and lunch together every day. They were inseparable trying to build that chemistry, so excited to start the season.

“When he was playing well. Nobody wants to play more than Ryan Ellis, and I know people in this market haven’t had a chance to see him. Top competitor, very good player. It was very difficult for Ryan. as a person trying to get healthy and be a part of what we’re building here.”


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