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October 29, 2012 | 9:39am ET
Sutton's career coming to an end?
TheFourthPeriod.com

Even if the NHL lockout ends and the regular-season gets underway this year, Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton might not be around to see it, the Edmonton Journal reported this weekend.

Sutton, 37, injured his knee during the summer and underwent arthroscopic surgery almost one month ago.

According to the Journal, Sutton might need more work done after it was discovered he fractured the medial condyle of the femur.

"It's as if an old knee finally gave way," Sutton told the paper. "I don't know how it's all going to play out now."

Sutton has undergone 11 surgeries throughout his 14-year career, with just one -- the most recent -- on his knee.

"I was going to retire after last season. I'd had a good long career, especially for a guy who was never drafted, but I enjoyed myself so much in Edmonton I decided to sign on for another year," he said.

"I am usually a pretty quick healer, but I have a pretty long road ahead."

Sutton is expected to have his next surgery next month, which will require him to be on crutches for six weeks.

"I may have played my last game last year and not even known it," he said.


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