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Jets centre Bryan Little to miss rest of NHL season due to ear injury

Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little will undergo a procedure to repair a perforated eardrum and will miss the rest of the NHL season.

Little has only played 7 games since he was hit by a puck on Nov. 5

Winnipeg Jets Bryan Little in action in this file photo from Feb. 7, 2019. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little will undergo a procedure to repair a perforated eardrum and will miss the rest of the NHL season.

He hasn't played since he was struck in the left side of the head by a teammate's shot during a game on Nov. 5.

"The smart thing for Bryan the person, Bryan the hockey player, and the Winnipeg Jets is not to have him play this year," head coach Paul Maurice said Saturday after the team's practice.

There was no immediate word on when Little will undergo the procedure, which is expected to require three months of recovery time.

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Bryan Little is hit in head by Nik Ehlers slap shot

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Little also suffered from vertigo symptoms after the incident. He had returned to the lineup two weeks earlier after suffering a concussion in the Jets' pre-season finale.

The 32-year-old Edmonton native had five points (2-3) in seven games this season. He has 521 points (217-304) in 843 career regular-season games.

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