IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Wed 8/12/20 11:16 AM

Little (ear) told reporters he will need more time to fully recover, raising doubts regarding his availability for the start of the 20202-21 campaign, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Little has been out of action since Nov. 5 versus New Jersey when he took a puck to the ear. If the Edmonton native is unable to suit up next year, the Jets could look to add some center depth during the offseason. How the club opts to address the position could also depend on whether it re-signs Cody Eakin as well.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Sun 7/12/20 8:57 PM

Little (ear) has been left off the Jets' training camp roster.

EDGE Analysis

Little has seen very limited action this season while battling a concussion and an ear injury, and he'll be left off the Phase 3 Training Camp Roster ahead of the season restart. Little had two goals and three assists over seven games during the 2019-20 season.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Wed 5/27/20 5:04 PM

Little (ear) remains status quo for the postseason as the team awaits more test results, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

After missing the start of the season with a concussion, Little played in just seven games before he took a puck to the side of the head, which has sidelined him since early November. The Edmonton native was expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign, but with the league going on hiatus, he could still be cleared in time for the Jets' play-in clash with Calgary.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Sat 2/15/20 1:44 PM

Coach Paul Maurice said Saturday that Little (ear) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Little had only suited up in seven games this season while nursing the eardrum problem. Maurice confirmed that Little will undergo a surgical procedure to repair his perforated eardrum and is facing a three-month recovery period. Little finishes the season with five points in seven games and will look to get healthy for the 2020-21 season.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Thu 1/30/20 5:11 PM

Little (ear) will continue to undergo testing over the next few weeks, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports.

EDGE Analysis

Little has been cleared to participate in practice, albeit in a non-contact capacity, but his return to game action clearly isn't imminent. The 32-year-old pivot notched five points in seven games before being knocked out indefinitely with a perforated ear drum in early November.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Mon 1/13/20 12:51 PM

Little (ear) wore a no-contact jersey during Monday's practice, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Little has been skating for over a week, and he's taken his next step by returning to practice, albeit in a limited capacity. The 32-year-old hasn't played since Nov. 5, and he still resides on injured reserve. It wouldn't be surprising if he returns before the All-Star break, though.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Fri 1/3/20 2:25 PM

Little (ear) has begun skating but remains without a timeline to return, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Little is not expected to join the Jets' for their upcoming four-game road trip, so it will be at least mid-January before he gets back into the lineup. Once the Edmonton native is ready to return, he could slot back into his usual second-line center spot, though coach Paul Maurice may be hesitant to move Blake Wheeler from his new position.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Tue 11/26/19 4:24 PM

Coach Paul Maurice believes Little (ear) will be sidelined for longer than 2-3 more weeks, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Little is still recovering from the perforated ear drum he sustained in early November, and at this point it's looking like he may not be ready to return until the calendar flips to 2020. Additional updates on the veteran forward should surface as his condition improves, but for now, he should be considered out indefinitely.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Thu 11/7/19 3:50 PM

Little is suffering from vertigo as a result of a perforated ear drum, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Little is expected to fully recover, the organization hasn't been able to provide a specific timeline for his recovery. The Edmonton native will, at minimum, be out through the next three outings after being placed on injured reserve. In order to fill out the second line in Little's absence, coach Paul Maurice is planning to move Blake Wheeler to center while Patrik Laine takes his spot on the top line with Mark Scheifele.

IRBryan Little
C/LW WPG
Thu 11/7/19 11:35 AM

Little (head) was designated for injured reserve Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Even if the team uses a retroactive designation for Little, the news will effectively sideline him the next three games, though he could be out even longer considering he hasn't been released from the hospital yet. Little's absence will likely see Blake Wheeler move to a second-line center role while Joona Luoto gets called up from the minors.