Jets place captain Blake Wheeler on LTIR with lower-body injury

Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) struggles to get to the bench after being injured as Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) attempts to help during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The Winnipeg Jets have placed captain Blake Wheeler on the long-term injured reserve list with a lower-body injury suffered Dec. 10, the team announced on Sunday.

Early reports were that Wheeler would be out for multiple weeks after suffering the injury in the game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Wheeler was hurt in a collision with teammate Nathan Beaulieu and Canucks forward Vasili Podkolzin in front of the Jets' net. He immediately grabbed his knee and struggled to skate off the ice.

The 35-year-old had his first goal of the season and two assists in the game before having to leave. Wheeler has one goal and 16 assists in 22 games this season.

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