Last Monday, Kyle Okposo took a shot to the knee during practice and was then examined by a doctor. He sat out the remaining preseason games, and according to head coach Dan Bylsma, Okposo has improved each day.
After Sunday morning’s practice, Bylsma commented on the status of Okposo’s injury. He said that Okposo has been improving exponentially but it’s uncertain if he’ll be ready for opening night.
The Sabres could be without their new forward for Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Bylsma added that the team is not concerned about Okposo’s long term health, so this injury is only expected to be a couple of games at the most, as of now.
“Long-term there’s not a concern,” Bylsma said. “Just his progression back to the ice is not happening, it hasn’t happened quickly. The first few days were quite sore, quite stiff and hard to walk and the last three days have almost exponentially gotten better and better and better for him.”
Marcus Foligno missed practice due to illness as did Anders Nilsson, who hasn’t dressed in the past three games. Bylsma did say Nilsson seems to have gotten better.
We’ll keep you updated throughout the week as his status could change as the opener nears.