Stars' Ribeiro suffers throat contusion

Updated: January 7, 2010, 8:03 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Stars center Mike Ribeiro's throat injury is more serious than doctors first thought, and he's going to be out four to six weeks with a throat contusion.

He was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Ribeiro underwent a procedure late Wednesday night to repair the contusion, which included a tracheotomy.

Ribeiro suffered the injury when he was hit in the neck by the stick of New York Rangers forward Christopher Higgins at 15:32 of the second period in Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Madison Square Garden.

Higgins was assessed a two-minute minor penalty on the play.

"It's tough," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said about the loss of Ribeiro. "Every team faces injuries, but this is one you don't always see. He's an important player for us. We're going to have to pull together in his absence."

Ribeiro is expected to remain at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan for a few days while the swelling goes down.

Stars associate athletic trainer Craig Lowry stayed with Ribeiro on Wednesday and Ribeiro's wife, Tamara, has joined him in New York.

Ribeiro, 29, is fourth on the team in points with 33, including 10 goals, and had played in all 43 games. He was centering a line with Steve Ott and James Neal before the injury occurred.

The Stars recalled center Warren Peters from the Texas Stars of the AHL.

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