NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said Tuesday he's still getting headaches after suffering a concussion last season.
Staal, speaking to the media for first time about his post-concussion syndrome, said although he has been "steadily improving" since the summer, he still suffers from headaches that last as long as 5 hours after workouts, ESPN New York reported.
"I feel no symptoms if I don't do anything. If I sit on the couch all day I don't get any headache," Staal said. "If I push myself really hard, later in the day, more often than not, I'll get a headache."
Staal sustained the concussion Feb. 22 on a hit delivered by his brother, Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal.
The star blueliner is being held out of scrimmages in the Rangers' training camp and will miss at least the team's three North American exhibition games this month, the broadcaster said.
Neither he nor Rangers Coach John Tortorella was willing to guarantee he would be ready for New York's Oct. 7 season opener.