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Jets Little has perforated ear drum, vertigo
Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little is back on the injured reserve after suffering a perforated ear drum when a hard, rising slapshot hit him in the side of the head earlier this week.

Head coach Paul Maurice told reporters on Thursday that Little had also been dealing with vertigo as a result of the incident, which happened during the third period of the Jets 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Maurice said it's not clear when Little will return to play but he is expected to be released from hospital at some point on Thursday.

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Doctors also expect him to make a full recovery, Maurice said, adding everyone in the locker room is relieved.

"Bryan is so well liked in the locker room that everybody, you know, you feel sick for him," Maurice said.

The 31-year-old Little, who has played his entire 13-season NHL career with the same franchise — four years with Atlanta before the team was relocated to Winnipeg —  also missed the first nine games of this season with a concussion.

On Tuesday, he was circling behind the Devils' net when teammate Nikolaj Ehlers blasted a one-timer from the point. It hit Little in the left side of the head and he collapsed to the ground as players on both teams looked on with shocked expressions.

Maurice said the whole bench was concerned and asking for updates on Little during the rest of the game, especially Ehlers who he said was clearly affected. 

"We knew fairly early on that he was going to be alright and then everybody kind of settled down, but then it kinda turns to Nik Ehlers, and understandably, but his next few shifts he was obviously off."

As the Jets' trainer ran over, Little pulled off his helmet and blood ran down his hand and onto the ice.

He was helped to the bench and then rushed to St. Boniface Hospital where he received 25-30 stitches.

Little was then transferred to the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre's neurological unit for further observation, and he has been there ever since.

The Jets also announced on Thursday that forward Gabriel Bourque is also out at least four weeks with a lower-body injury

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Nov 7, 2019 Jets Little has perforated ear drum, vertigo Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little was placed on injured reserve Thursday, two days after taking a slap shot to the side of the head. The team called up forward Joonas Luoto from the Manitoba Moose in a corresponding move. TSN.ca Staff

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice revealed Thursday that centre Bryan Little has a perforated ear drum and is currently dealing with vertigo after taking a shot to the side of the head Tuesday night.

Little, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, is expected to make a full recovery but there is no current timetable for his return, Maurice said. 

Paul Maurice says Bryan Little is expected to be released from the hospital today. He has a perforated ear drum and is currently dealing with vertigo. He is expected to make a full recovery but no timeline for it. #NHLJets

The team called up forward Joonas Luoto from the Manitoba Moose to fill Littles spot on the 23-man roster.

Little left Tuesday shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils in the third period after taking a shot from Nikolaj Ehlers to the side of his head. The team announced Wednesday that he received 25-30 stitches at a local hospital after leaving the game.

“During the third period of last nights game versus the New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little was struck near the ear by a shot,” the team said in a statement Wednesday. “Before the completion of the game, Little was transported to St. Boniface Hospital where he received 25-to-30 stitches to close a laceration. Little was subsequently transferred to the Health Sciences Centres Neurological Unit last night for further observation.

“Little was alert at all times and is in good spirits this morning. Further updates will be provided when available.”

The 31-year-old, who missed time earlier this season with a concussion, has two goals and three assists in six games for the Jets this season.