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More Red Wings injury updates from Khan: Wings in a holding pattern with Howard

The Free Press's Helene St. James broke the news that Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson's out for at least two weeks with a broken left index finger, and now we'll turn things over to MLIve's Ansar Khan, who reports that Wings GM Ken Holland doesn't believe that Jimmy Howard's injury is one worth losing sleep over (the team seems to believe that Howard's decision to take himself out for precautionary reasons when experiencing "blurry vision" during last night's loss to Nashville was a wise one), and Khan offers other injury updates as well:

"[Howard] had a great morning skate (Tuesday), felt good all afternoon, had a good warmup,'' Holland said. "Then, in the game, he felt blurry. When you have that you have to go through all the tests.''

Howard left at 11:22 of the first period in the 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville.

Also from Khan:

--Right wing Mikael Samuelsson is out at least two weeks with a non-displaced fractured finger on his left hand.

--Holland said forward Johan Franzen (sore hip flexor) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Columbus at Joe Louis Arena.

“He's feeling better every day, but our history is people come back too early,'' Holland said. "We'll see tomorrow morning, but hs' doubtful for tomorrow. He's day-to-day.''

--Holland said he heard forward Todd Bertuzzi (back) has felt better the past few days, but there is no time frame on when he can return to the ice. Bertuzzi was walking with a cane as late as Saturday.

--Center Darren Helm (back) hasn't skated since Jan. 26 but says he feels better. Holland said it will be 7-to-10 days before Helm can return to the lineup after he starts skating, and they can't predict when that will be.

--Defensemen Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo, both out with shoulder injuries, could be ready in seven days.

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