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Oilers place Belanger on IR (Update: broken toe)

Feb 4, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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Eric Belanger

The Edmonton Oilers have placed veteran center Eric Belanger on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Belanger, 35, was hurt during Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Colorado after blocking an Erik Johnson shot in the first period. He returned to the game and finished with over 13 minutes of ice time, but was only able to do so because he kept his skate on, which prevented the foot from swelling up.

Prior to the injury, Belanger had appeared in all eight games for Edmonton this season, failing to record a point but averaging over 13 minutes per game.

He’d also taken the second-most faceoffs on the team (112), winning 52.7 percent.

The Oilers will host the Canucks tonight at Rexall and then host Dallas on Thursday before heading out to Detroit for a Saturday date at the Joe.

Update: According to TSN’s Aaron Ward, Belanger is believed to have broken a toe.

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