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Sabres send injured Okposo home for evaluation

Updated: 19-02-2019 05:54 IST
Sabres send injured Okposo home for evaluation

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo was sent home for medical evaluation on Monday, three days after being punched in the face during a fight. Okposo took a shot to the chin from New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo during the third period of the Sabres' home defeat Friday and was scratched from Buffalo's road loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

The Sabres visit the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, and Okposo was not seen during practice Monday at Sunrise, Fla. Buffalo coach Phil Housley declined to update Okposo's condition after practice but did tell reporters Okposo had left the team.

"Kyle is back in Buffalo getting further evaluated," Housley said. Asked about his level of concern regarding Okposo, Housley said, "I don't have any information up to this point, but he went back to Buffalo to get further evaluated by our doctors."

On Saturday, Housley said that Okposo didn't sustain a concussion. That was welcome news because the 30-year-old has had multiple issues with concussions, including a severe one late in the 2016-17 season that led to him being admitted to the Neuro Surgical ICU of Buffalo General Medical Center after he experienced sleeping issues and significant weight loss. Okposo's hockey future was unclear for part of the following offseason before he felt comfortable continuing his career.

Okposo has 10 goals and 12 assists (22 points) in 57 games this season. He is in the third season of a seven-year, $42 million deal. Also, Housley said defenseman Marco Scandella is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Scandella has four goals and six assists in 48 games this season.

--Field Level Media