The Detroit Red Wings are currently 2-0 in exhibition play, and they’ve been doing it without their recently retired captain Henrik Zetterberg.
But they’ve also been doing it without former Capitals defenseman Mike Green, who has been sidelined with fatigue. A recent blood test revealed he had a virus that’s attacked his liver.
According to the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James, the Red Wings are shutting Green down and the 13-year-pro will miss the start of the season.
Coach Blashill talks Sulak, gives an update on Mike Green, and more after today's practice at the Belfor Training Center. #LGRW
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 21, 2018
“He’s not available right now,” Blashill said. “He’s got a virus that attacked his liver, so he’s seeing an infectious disease person today and we should know more here in the next little bit. I don’t know how long he’s going to be out. I don’t know the totality of it.”
GM Ken Holland added that Green “hasn’t had a lot of energy. He’s trying to see a doctor today or Monday.” Holland added, “certainly it appears he is going to be out for a little period of time.”
As of this post, it’s unknown what Green was diagnosed with or what his prognosis is.
The Mayo Clinic defines an infectious disease as a disorder cased by organisms – such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.
Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They’re normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease.
Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by bites from insects or animals. And others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.
Green had just been cleared for full contact practices after recuperating from neck surgery, but was going to play in the back half of the preseason after taking some time to recover.
The Red Wings first regular season game is October 4 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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