The Flyers' bad first week just keeps on getting worse.

Scott Hartnell is the latest Flyer to receive bad news in what's beginning to feel like an abbreviated-season curse. He is out indefinitely with a left foot injury, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Hartnell was hit by a shot from the point from defenseman Kimmo Timonen in the third period of Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Newark.

"We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests," Holmgren said in a statement

The Flyers' leading goal-scorer last season, Hartnell was absent from practice Wednesday. Danny Briere, who is working his way back from a wrist injury, took his spot on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Briere, however, won't be back in the lineup until at least the weekend.

Hartnell was up on his feet and walking around the Prudential Center after Tuesday's game, but did so with some difficulty and had an ice pack taped to his foot.

The loss is a tough one for the Flyers, who have been without Briere and Zac Rinaldo, who suffered a skate laceration in Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Sabres. They'll be without Brayden Schenn Thursday night against the Rangers, as well, as Schenn will be serving a one-game suspension (see story).

It's possible that Hartnell's injury may force the Flyers' hand when it comes to rookie Scott Laughton. The team has five games to decide whether to keep Laughton with the big club or send him back to the OHL. If the Flyers elect to keep him past this weekend, this season will count as a full one against Laughton's entry-level contract.