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The Flyers announced on Saturday morning that Flyers forward RJ Umberger is finished for the season. Umberger has been suffering through both hip and abdominal injuries. Per CSN’s Tim Panaccio, Umberger has been bothered for a good portion of the season by a torn labrum, two lesions and an abdominal tear.
This will close the books on a disappointing season for Umberger. He put up 15 points in 67 games and never seemed to find his game. The injury will keep him out roughly 10 weeks. This will cut slightly into his offseason training, but should leave him plenty of time to get back into game shape before the start of next season.
Hopefully for the Flyers, these injuries have played a big part in RJ’s struggles for this season, and they can expect a healthier Umberger to be more effective next season. Quite frankly, Umberger was an anchor for a good part of this season. After being traded for someone who was both a fan favorite and a much more useful player, Umberger was more or less set up to disappoint this season. With better health and revamped expectations, hopefully Umberger will return next season and be a more effective player.