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SAN JOSE – Sharks forward Mike Brown will be out another four-to-six weeks with a broken right fibula, it was revealed on Sunday.
Brown was hurt on Dec. 9 vs. Edmonton, when he finished a check on the Oilers’ Matt Hendricks along the boards.
The 29-year-old missed eight weeks this season already due to a broken middle finger in his left hand from blocking a shot in the Sharks’ second game of the season on Oct. 11.
“Just the way this season has gone,” said Brown, who has a boot on his lower right leg and foot, and is getting around with the aid of a wheeled knee crutch.
Brown, who signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract extension over the summer, is scoreless with 13 penalty minutes in eight games this season. The Sharks are 7-1 in games in which he dresses.
Another injured forward, Tyler Kennedy, skated again on Sunday but remains out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury hurt during a game in Calgary on Dec. 6. Kennedy did not want to put a timetable on his return when asked if it could be “weeks or months.”
Matt Nieto, out with an ankle injury for the last seven games, will not play against the Ducks on Monday and will be reevaluated after the Christmas break. The Sharks will have four straight days off from Dec. 23-26, and play in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 27.
“He’s still not ready. We’ll have to see after Christmas where he’s at,” Todd McLellan said.
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Mirco Mueller skated one last time with the Sharks on Sunday before boarding a flight to the World Juniors on Monday. He is expected to play for Team Switzerland on Dec. 23 against Canada in an exhibition game at Bell Centre in Montreal.