Flyers prospect Eric Wellwood suffers gruesome skate cut

Adirondack Phantoms teammate Danny Syvret posted a photo of Eric Wellwood's bloody skate Sunday....

Adirondack Phantoms teammate Danny Syvret posted a photo of Eric Wellwood's bloody skate Sunday. (@DannySyvret)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets hit the ice this morning at the MTS Centre for their first practice in quite some time, but winger Kyle Wellwood could be forgiven if his mind was elsewhere.

Wellwood's younger brother Eric severed an artery and some tendons in his leg during an AHL game Sunday in Bridgeport, Conn., and is facing a long recovery.

Kyle said Eric, who apparently was cut by his own skate, already had surgery to repair the artery and will soon have to undergo another operation to reconnect the tendons.

"He's doing fine. He's talking. He skated off the ice under his own power," Kyle said. "He had his first surgery to sew up his artery, and there's a couple tendons that are cut and he's going to have to have a second surgery by a specialist to make sure things work again the way they're supposed to."

Eric, 23, appeared in 24 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season and four more this year, but he has spent the bulk of this season with their farm club, the Adirondack Phantoms. According to reports, he fell into the boards on his own during Sunday's game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and somehow cut himself above his right ankle.


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