The Washington Times - March 31, 2011, 08:57PM

The Capitals’ injury situation on the blue line that was already bad has reportedly gone to worse.

Defenseman Dennis Wideman is in a D.C. hospital with a “significant leg hematoma,” according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, citing sources. The report says Wideman could be out indefinitely with the condition.

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Caps players confirmed in the locker room afterward that their teammate was hospitalized.

“I think we’re all kinda surprised what kind of injury it turned into. He could be gone a couple weeks, he could be gone a lot longer,” winger Mike Knuble said.

Earlier in the day, the team downgraded his condition from day-to-day to week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

“It’s just he’s not ready for [Thursday night] and he won’t be ready for Saturday, so it has to be week-to-week,” Bruce Boudreau said after the morning skate.

Officially, the team is neither confirming nor denying the report.

“Wideman is listed as week to week with a lower body injury. Per club policy we don’t disclose injuries,” a team spokesman said in a text message to The Times.

From TSN:

A hematoma is caused by a contusion where blood escapes or leaks from an artery, vein or capillary into soft tissue, such as a muscle, where it does not belong.

In a related development, John Erskine left the game in the second for what Boudreau called “precautionary” reasons. The coach said it was not a hand injury from Erskine’s fight.