Patrick Eaves’ fractured jaw has healed, but the Wings forward has yet to return to the ice.
The fear is now that he may have suffered a concussion as well when he got hit in the ear on a shot by Nashville’s Roman Josi on Nov. 26.
“I don’t think he’s doing great,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “We have no timetable for his return, but I’m not optimistic it will be anytime soon.”
Eaves, who has not been cleared to even workout off ice, was expected to be sidelined up to eight weeks due to the injury. He’s been out 10 weeks already.
“It’s got nothing to do with the jaw,” Holland said. “We told him there’s no need to come to the rink until you feel good.”