The veteran pivot hasn’t played since Nov. 5 against the New Jersey Devils when he took a puck to the head and suffered a perforated eardrum.
“We were left with the idea that he needed another block of time before any decisions could be made,” head coach Paul Maurice told reporters, per WinnipegJets.com writer Mitchell Clinton.
“Hopefully that time would provide more time for healing.”
The 32-year-old posted two goals and five points in seven games before the injury, and has put up 372 points across 561 games during nine years in Winnipeg.
Maurice said his absence will be felt in the locker room.
“Bryan Little is the guy you’re trying to add at the deadline — a really good two-way pro, the guy you’re not really coaching because he knows what he’s supposed to do, he’s got a great work ethic,” said Maurice, per Clinton. “You miss that out of your room.”