Stafford on ‘full rest’ after head injury

Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Garrett Stafford could be sidelined for up to three weeks with a head injury.

The American Hockey League’s medical staff didn’t say if Stafford suffered a concussion after a collision with Toronto Marlies forward Marcel Mueller in the first period of their game on Wednesday.

Though Stafford was able to move, he was taken off the ice on a stretcher as a precaution and treated by doctors at Copps Coliseum.

Stafford is now on full rest orders, and will be spending the next three to four days recovering at home. Once he is symptom free, Stafford will start a standard one-week recovery program and will have to pass a medical exam before being cleared to play.

He is not expected to return to action for at least the next two to three weeks.

The Bulldogs play at home against the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday (March 2) at 7:30 p.m.