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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare out for two weeks with lower body injury

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The Philadelphia Flyers fourth line center will miss quite a few games due to an injury suffered in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres last night.

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The Philadelphia Flyers have dealt with their fair share of injuries and absences over the season's first two weeks. Key forwards Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl suffered concussions, R.J. Umberger missed time with an undisclosed lower-body injury, and both Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth have missed time due to injuries and personal issues.

Add fourth line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to the list.

The Flyers announced this afternoon that Bellemare would miss at least two weeks with a lower body injury. He suffered the injury in the first period last night against the Buffalo Sabres, during a puck battle behind the Sabres net.

No specific description was given, but considering Bellemare's inability to put weight on his right leg while leaving the ice last night, it seems likely that either his knee or ankle was injured. He'll miss at least two weeks, which means that even in a best-case scenario, he would be out for seven games. Bellemare's earliest possible return date would be November 12th against the Washington Capitals, but considering the obvious severity of the injury, he could certainly be out even longer.