Columbus Blue Jackets Announce Injury News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets injury news continues to be grim. Today, the club released more details on long-term injuries to winger Jakub Voracek and defencemen Zach Werenski and Jake Bean.

Columbus Blue Jackets Injuries Remain an Issue

Bad News on Voracek

Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen updated the status of Voracek, 33, who has a history of head injuries. “Jake has had a number of head injuries during his career, and after the most recent was advised by doctors to take some time off to see if his ongoing symptoms subside to the point that will allow him to come back and play,” said Kekalainen. Voracek’s injury occurred on November 4 during the Global Series game against the Colorado Avalanche, and the wing has not played since. The club does not expect Voracek back anytime soon, as Kekalainen added, “we don’t expect a resolution in the near future and will give Jake as much time as he needs as his long-term health is the most important factor here.” The news does not sound good for Voracek or the Blue Jackets, who also announced more precise timelines for two of their defenders.

Six-Month Recovery for Werenski

All-Star defenceman Zach Werenski had successful surgery on November 29 to repair a torn labrum. The Blue Jackets placed Werenski on long-term injured reserve after the injury on November 10 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The move ended Werenski’s season. The Blue Jackets expect Werenski to make a full recovery in six months. This is another injury that has plagued the talented young defenceman in the first year of his six-year contract extension.

Surgery for Bean

Young defenceman Jake Bean is also dealing with a season-ending shoulder injury suffered on November 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bean also had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum on November 23. Bean’s timeline for recovery is 4 to 6 months, likely ending his ’22-’23 season. Bean joins Voracek, Justin Danforth, and Nick Blankenburg on the Blue Jackets’ injury reserve list.

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