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Avalanche release update on Moore's condition

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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado released a final medical report regarding the condition of . The Colorado forward suffered a broken neck, concussion with loss of consciousness and significant amnesia as well as multiple facial cuts after he was attacked from behind by forward during a game at Vancouver on March 8.

His neck fractures are non-displaced and he suffered no paralysis. After initial assessment and stabilization in Vancouver, Moore was transferred to a hospital in Denver for continued examination and treatment.

Further examination has revealed the following: Fracture to C3 vertebrae on the right extending into the vertebral artery foramen, non-displaced; fracture to C4 vertebrae on the right into the lateral mass and pedicle, non-displaced; T1 avulsion fracture of the transverse process; no evidence of spinal cord trauma or a vascular injury in the cervical spine; significant post-concussive symptoms; and brachial plexus stretch injury, which may represent a subtle neurological injury stemming from the nerves exiting the neck area.

The neck fractures are expected to heal over the next 6-12 weeks with stabilization using a cervical brace. However, his overall prognosis and recovery as well as his hockey future remain uncertain.

Moore has made significant progress and is expected to be released from the hospital shortly.

Meanwhile, Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the regular season plus the entire 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. The were also fined $250,000, while Bertuzzi's eligibility for the 2004-05 campaign will be determined by commissioner Gary Bettman prior to the start of training camp.

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