Not what they needed: Jets place Scheifele on IR with concussion

Eight points back of a playoff spot, the Winnipeg Jets have been forced to place center Mark Scheifele on injured reserve with what they originally called an “upper-body injury.” In a related move, they’ve recalled forward Adam Lowry from AHL Manitoba.

Scheifele was hurt yesterday in practice. According to the Winnipeg Sun, his “head accidentally collided with teammate Andrew Ladd during a drill at MTS Centre. He was bleeding and looked woozy as a couple of teammates eventually escorted him off the ice.”

It’s a big loss for the struggling team. The 22-year-old has 12 goals and 10 assists, his 22 points good for fourth in team scoring.

Winnipeg went into the Christmas break with a 15-17-2 record and just two wins in its last six.

The Jets host Pittsburgh tonight and Detroit Tuesday, before embarking on a five-game road trip.

Update:

Jets coach Paul Maurice confirmed today that it’s a concussion:

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