Sabres winger Kyle Okposo is being further evaluated for an injury he suffered in a fight against the Rangers Friday night, Buffalo coach Phil Housley said Monday.
The 30-year-old veteran was knocked down by one punch from Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo in a brief skirmish late in the Sabres’ loss to New York.
Tony DeAngelo and Kyle Okposo square off because of this hit from Kyle on Mats Zuccarello. Mika Zibanejad says “okay Tony you take this one” 😂 pic.twitter.com/eokfRFnL44
— Rangers Report (@rangersreport) February 16, 2019
Okposo did not return, and was a scratch from Sunday’s loss to the Devils. The Sabres are in Florida preparing for Tuesday’s game against the Panthers, but Okposo did not travel with the team, as expected. Although the Sabres reported Saturday Okposo did not suffer a concussion, he is officially considered day-to-day with an “undisclosed” injury.
“I don’t have any information up to this point, but he went back to Buffalo to get evaluated by a doctor,” Housley told reporters.
Okposo wrote a frank essay last year for the Players Tribune outlining his concussion-related struggles that sent him to the neurological intensive care unit at a Buffalo hospital in 2017.
In that essay, Okposo revealed that after suffering a concussion in a workout, he went undiagnosed for days, and was incoherent, paranoid and strained to recognize loved ones.
In his third season with the Sabres, Okposo has 10 goals and 12 assists in 57 games.