Claude Giroux injures finger in golf accident, out five to six weeks

Claude Giroux had surgery to repair damaged tendons in his right index finger Thursday. (USATSI)
Claude Giroux had surgery to repair damaged tendons in his right index finger Thursday.. (USATSI)

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Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux was injured while golfing in Ottawa in what sounds like a freak accident. The Flyers confirmed the 25-year-old forward had successful surgery on his right index finger in a statement Thursday evening. Giroux is expected to miss five to six weeks.

From the Flyers:

"Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada.  Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger.  Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger.  He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks."

In the wake of the injury, there were multiple reports that it was Giroux’s surgically-repaired wrist that was injured in the accident, sending social media into a tizzy. So things at least aren't as bad as initially believed, but a five-to-six week recovery will force Giroux to miss the preseason. That time frame still should allow Giroux to be back for the season opener, however.

Giroux is obviously a guy Philadelphia can’t afford to be without for long. The team’s star averaged a point-per-game last season with 13 goals and 35 assists in 48 games.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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