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Injury update: Smith and Bertuzzi on IR, each likely out around 4 weeks, Jurco recalled

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Late this morning, we received news about the injury status of Tyler Bertuzzi and Brendan Smith, both injured last game against the Canadiens.

First, we have this information:

Seven days seems very optimistic considering how bad Smith’s knee looked. Ansar Khan spoke to Ken Holland, who gave him a four week estimate on Smith.

Considering that Andreas Athanasiou is still two weeks away after being two weeks away two weeks ago, take the four week estimate with a shaker of salt.


We have an update on Bertuzzi. Looks like nothing broken, but he has a high ankle sprain. The estimate is 3-5 weeks.

We also received confirmation that Tomas Jurco is being recalled from his conditioning stint in Grand Rapids. From the Detroit press release:

Jurco, 23, joined the Griffins last week for conditioning after missing the first two months of the 2016-17 season due to offseason back surgery. In two games with Grand Rapids, he recorded one goal, one assist, six penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. The fifth-year pro has skated in 143 games for the Red Wings since making his NHL debut in 2013-14, recording 39 points (15-24-39) and 44 penalty minutes. Jurco also skated in a five-game conditioning stint for Grand Rapids last season and racked up nine points (5-4-9), earning AHL Player of the Week honors on Nov. 22, 2015. He has appeared in 113 career games with the Griffins, tallying 71 points (33-38-71) and 40 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 188-lb., forward has also picked up 21 points (13-8-21) in 32 career AHL playoff games and owns a Calder Cup championship ring from the Griffins' title run in 2013.

So, Bertuzzi and Smith out for at least a week, likely longer, and Jurco back up.

We’ll update this post if more information becomes available.