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Little progressing from perforated eardrum with Jets

Coach says center feeling better, no timetable for return @NHLdotcom

Bryan Little is making progress from a perforated eardrum sustained this month, but there is no timetable for his return to the Winnipeg Jets lineup.

The center was hit in the ear with a shot in the third period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 5.

"He's feeling better. I'll tell you that," coach Paul Maurice told the Jets website Tuesday. "The dizziness has come down. He is making progress. It's going to take some time before everything heals inside, and then he can decide where he needs to go with it.

"He's still in that healing phase. We've talked about the protocol, they need to let his eardrum heal. Once that happens, they'll assess what the next phase is."

Little, who has five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games this season, has been cleared to do light bike rides.

"We can only assume this is long term for Bryan Little. It's more than two or three weeks," Maurice said. "Nothing is permanent, I've said it a couple hundred times. We're happy today, but in two weeks, all your great plans get changed."

Little, who was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (No. 12) of the 2006 NHL Draft, ranks first in games played (843), second in goals (217) and assists (304) and third in points (521) in Jets/Thrashers history. The 32-year-old is in his 13th season with the franchise.

Winnipeg (14-9-1) visits the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, TSN3, NHL.TV).

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