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RED WINGS' KONSTANTINOV MORE AWARE, OUT OF COMA

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov is out of the coma he has been in since a June 13 limousine accident but is not yet fully awake, doctors at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., said Wednesday.

Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov will be moved within days to the hospital's rehabilitation unit. Their condition was upgraded from serious to fair.

"He's become much more aware of his environment. He's more alert, but he's not fully conscious yet," Dr. Karol Zakalik said of Konstantinov at a news conference.

He said the player and Mnatsakanov are about to start months of intensive rehabilitation to help them recover physical, mental, speech and other capabilities. He added, however, it is too early to tell if either will fully recover.

Mnatsakanov emerged from a coma and has been making progress such as writing his name. He recently has started to mouth words and make single-syllable sounds. Zakalik said the masseur has yet to regain his voice.

Zakalik said Konstantinov is in a state somewhere between being in a coma and unresponsive to outside stimuli to full wakefulness.

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