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Avalanche center Duchene sidelined with concussion symptoms

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Avalanche's Duchene sidelined with concussion symptoms

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche fights for position against Joel Eriksson Ek of the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 5, 2016. Author: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

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Avalanche center Duchene sidelined with concussion symptoms

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Colorado's leading scorer is out because of concussion-like symptoms sustained against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

The Colorado Avalanche won’t have leading scorer Matt Duchene in their lineup Sunday when they host the Boston Bruins because of concussion-like symptoms.

The Avalanche announced Duchene’s absence on Saturday, while calling up A.J. Greer from the AHL San Antonio. Greer is expected to make his NHL debut against the Bruins. Duchene’s status is day to day.

"He came in this morning and I guess last night he got hit and it kind of caught him in the eye, so he had some blurry vision," coach Jared Bednar said after Saturday's practice. "That's why he was off getting evaluated and then he didn't feel so good so they kept him out."

Duchene was the recipient of a hit by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba in a 3-2 overtime win over the Jets on Friday.

Duchene had just taken a shot after receiving a pass from Avs rookie Mikko Rantanen when he was checked by a lunging Trouba. Trouba’s forearm appears to make contact with Duchene’s head, but the blueliner wasn’t penalized or suspended.

Coming off his first 30-goal season in 2015-16, Duchene is Colorado’s leading scorer with 11 points in 13 games. Greer, 19, leads San Antonio with 14 points in 13 games.

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Avalanche center Duchene sidelined with concussion symptoms