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Flyers defenseman Mike Rathje may not have a herniated disc and may not need surgery after all, team athletic trainer Jim McCrossin said Wednesday night after Rathje underwent a series of tests at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Sidelined since the season opener with back pain that was originally diagnosed as a bulging disc in the L-5 region of his back, Rathje will undergo an electromyogram (EMG) today to confirm a new diagnosis.

"Dr. (Daniel) Feinberg feels that the nerve might be actually entrapped in the (piriformis) muscle," McCrossin said.

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