Jets to place defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on IR with concussion

Watch as Paul Maurice is asked about putting Dustin Byfuglien back in the game after getting hit during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Byfuglien was placed on the IR by the Winnipeg Jets.

The Winnipeg Jets are set to place defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on injured reserve with a concussion, head coach Paul Maurice told reporters Thursday.

Byfuglien collided head-on with Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Jamie Oleksiak early in the first period on Tuesday. He was visibly shaken up by the hit and wobbled back to the Jets’ bench, eventually requiring help from teammates.

After heading to the locker room, the veteran defenceman was allowed to return to the game after being evaluated. However, Byfuglien did miss the Jets’ game against the Blackhawks on Thursday.

Byfuglien has two goals and 15 assists in 21 contests for Winnipeg this season.

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