Detroit recalled winger Tyler Bertuzzi from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday and put Helm on long-term injured reserve.
Helm had seven points in 17 games for the Red Wings this season. He was hurt in the third period of Tuesday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, leaving the game after getting hit by Nikita Nesterov.
The Red Wings called up Bertuzzi last week when they put winger Thomas Vanek on long-term injured reserve with a lower-body injury, and he made his NHL debut. They sent the nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi back to the Griffins on Tuesday.
Detroit plays at Washington on Friday night.