Canes' Cole recovering

October 16, 2009 2:25:56 PM PDT
Popular Carolina Hurricanes Left Wing Erik Cole is recovering after a nasty collision with a Boston player two week ago that left him with a broken leg.The impact fractured his tibia at the very top.

Cole has 2-4 weeks of healing left to go before he can play, but it's obvious when you talk to him that day cannot get here soon enough.

"It's gotten better. I'm able to put more weight on it. [My] own body weight is okay, but I can't add any weight to it and be walking around. I feel it right away," he told ABC11's Frances Scott.

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Cole's leg is not in a cast, and you can barely see the swelling. He knows it could have been a lot worse - thinking past to another broken leg, elbow surgery, and the broken neck he suffered in a hit a few years back.

He had to wait so long after those injuries to play again.

"The toughest thing I've ever had to hear is that I had a broken neck. And I'm lucky, lucky, lucky to have just a broken neck - and I was just - it was really hard to think of it like that in the first couple of days," he recalled.

But now, he'll tell you he's very lucky.

"I'm fortunate that it wasn't an ACL [Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear] which is several months," he explained.

He's in good care recovering at home.

"My daughter, she's [a] very compassionate little girl, "So, every time daddy comes home with some bumps and bruises, she's always, she's like the mother hen that wants to try and 'Oh be careful with this and don't do that.' It's pretty comical," said Cole.

As for the player that hit him, Cole says there are no hard feelings.

"I just feel like if it's a clean hit and it causes an injury, it's part of the game. It's what happens," he offered. "We're all kind of in this together so to speak. I don't think I'd ever want to be one of those guys who ended somebody's career. I'd feel absolutely awful."

Cole is focused on playing again when the 4 to 6 weeks of recovery is up.

"I'm hoping to be on the shorter end of 4-6," he said.

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