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Feb 4, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen John-Michael Liles (26) carries the puck against the Winnipeg Jets at PNC Arena. The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

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Feb 8, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (27) looks on against the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes announced some good news and bad news today about two defensemen that have missed some time lately.

Justin Faulk returned to practice, while John-Michael Liles is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Liles, who has missed the last two games listed as an upper-body injury, will probably sit out for a good while, and possibly not play a game again this year. With about a month left in the season.

With the former Colorado Avalanche’s absence, the opportunity is there for Ryan Murphy to step up in the offensive role. He showed some flashes on the powerplay early in the season and after having a successful stint with the Charlotte Checkers in February, he may be able to contribute more.

Expect Brett Bellemore to also pick up on the extra minutes without Liles in the lineup.

Obviously losing Liles for a portion of the season is going to hurt and above all else, let’s hope the defenseman is OK and he takes the time he needs to get back in the lineup.

The good news is that top-defenseman Faulk looks like he could reenter the lineup after missing the past four games with an upper-body injury. The Hurricanes never officially said what was ailing the player.

Taking time with Faulk will also be important. Having him in the lineup tomorrow will be a blessing, but if he’s not 100 percent, there’s no point in rushing him.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes John-Michael Liles Justin Faulk Michael Murphy

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