Update: Chicago’s Sharp has ‘fairly severe’ shoulder separation

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Yesterday, we passed along news that Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp would likely miss 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury.

Today, the injury picture came more into focus — and it’s not good news for the ‘Hawks.

Sharp suffered a “fairly severe AC joint shoulder separation,” according to TSN’s James Duthie. It’s an injury that could sideline the 2011 All-Star for an entire month.

UPDATE: The Blackhawks have announced that Sharp will miss 3-4 weeks and that the injury won’t require surgery.

The 31-year-old forward was hurt during Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Avs on Wednesday night after he was driven into the boards midway through the third period by Colorado defenseman Ryan O’Byrne:

Sharp left the game immediately and didn’t return.

Following the contest, ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters Sharp was expected to miss some time, but said the injury wasn’t season-threatening.

A three-time 30-goal scorer, Sharp has been a big part of Chicago’s remarkable 21-0-3 start to the season. He’s tied for third on the team in scoring, with 18 points, and is second among all skaters with 13 assists.