Helm (concussion/shoulder) hopes to be ready for home opener

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Darren Helm has had quite a bit of bad luck when it comes to injuries, but he doesn’t think his latest setback will end up costing him much time.

Helm crashed into 21-year-old prospect Jerome Verrier during a drill mere minutes into the Red Wings’ training camp. The veteran forward suffered a Grade 1 slight shoulder separation, which is expected to keep him out for two-to-four weeks. That alone might rob him of the opportunity to play in Detroit’s season opener on Oct. 7, but he also sustained a concussion and it’s hard to say how that might impact his recovery.

“I’ve been feeling a little off, a little bit of a headache,” Helm told MLive. “I think we’re going to jump on the bike tomorrow and see how that feels, get the heart rate going, take it from there.

“Hopefully, I can get back for home opener (Oct. 9). If not, then right after that.”

That being said, this isn’t his first concussion and in his own words, “there’s no set timeline in returning.”

He played in 75 games last season, but was limited to 43 contests over the previous two campaigns.