Higgins fractured the navicular bone in his left foot during the game and underwent surgery this week.
Bulldogs official Andrew McKenzie said, "The nature of navicular injuries means we'll obviously take full caution with how we approach Shaun's rehabilitation. Shaun is a resilient character and will leave no stone unturned in his recovery from this setback."
Higgins, 25, had a foot injury during the preseason as well. He has been plagued by injuries since his 2006 AFL debut. The first round draft pick has played 109 games for the Bulldogs.
Navicular injuries ended Geelong defender Matthew Egan's rugby careers prematurely and Essendon coach James Hird's career was in jeopardy in the late 1990's because of a navicular stress fracture.
The Richmond loss went beyond the loss of Higgins. Forward Tory Dickson will miss eight weeks because of a ruptured a ligament in his ankle and Easton Woods will miss six weeks with a hamstring tear. Dickson underwent surgery Monday night to repair the ruptured lateral ligament.
The Bulldogs will likely unveil prized draft pick Jake Stringer in tomorrow's game against Adelaide. The powerhouse booted five goals for VFL affiliate Williamstown last Saturday and will replace either Dickson or Higgins.
Reference: World News Australia
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