Jonathan Ericsson has broken ribs

Zdeno Chara

The upper-body injury that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffered Monday night against the Islanders turned out to be a couple of fractured ribs.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday that if he had to guess, Ericsson will be sidelined three to five weeks.

Ericsson went to the dressing room during the second period of Detroit's eventual 3-0 loss after delivering a hit to the Islanders' Matt Martin. He did not return and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Ericsson was signed to a $25.5 million, six-year contract in November.

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