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Scott Hartnell sidelined indefinitely

Jan 23, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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Scott Hartnell‘s spirited play has been one of the few bright spots of the Philadelphia Flyers’ tough start, but word surfaced from CSNPhilly.com on Wednesday that he’ll be out indefinitely because of an injured left foot.

The injury occurred during the third period of Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils as teammate Kimmo Timonen‘s point shot caught Hartnell in the foot. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave this update:

“Scott will be out indefinitely with a left foot injury,” Holmgren said in a statement. “We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests.”

The already-struggling Flyers could really use the 30-year-old super-pest considering the circumstances.

21-year-old forward Brayden Schenn received a one-game suspension for charging on Wednesday, meaning he won’t be available for a divisional match against the New York Rangers on Thursday.

While Danny Briere reportedly practiced today, it seems that he isn’t ready to go and might not be until Tuesday, Jan. 29. The 35-year-old scorer admitted that he feels helpless watching his team go shorthanded, yet he also provides this post’s slim silver lining:

“It’s tough to watch when you are feeling helpless and want to get back on the ice,” Briere said. “It’s disappointing and frustrating but I’m not too far away.”

The Flyers hope that Hartnell won’t be down for too long, either.

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