The Sabres want Jacob Josefson to stick around longer than three games this time. So even though the center is making rapid progress with his ankle injury, his return to the lineup isn't imminent.
Josefson was a surprise participant in Buffalo's optional practice Monday. He reinjured his right ankle Nov. 25, and the initial timeline was four to six weeks. He's skating in just more than two.
"It feels like I'm a little bit ahead of schedule, so the rehab must have been good," Josefson said in KeyBank Center. "It responded well, I think, so now it's a matter of getting back with the team."
That won't happen until the Sabres are sure his ankle can handle it. Josefson originally hurt the ankle Oct. 15, and he didn't return until Nov. 22. He suffered the same injury three days later.
"He's still week-to-week," coach Phil Housley said. "It's good to see him out there moving his feet and turning hard, cutting hard on his lower body. It's going to be a progression for him, but we've got to be smart because of his injury."
Taking part in Sabres’ optional: Rodrigues, Fasching, Josefson, Beaulieu, Eichel, O’Reilly, Larsson, Antipin, Nolan, Reinhart, Girgensons, Wilson, Johnson.
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The setback was a disappointment for Josefson and the Sabres. He provided an immediate boost upon his return, earning an assist against Minnesota and scoring against Edmonton before leaving during a loss in Montreal.
"It was frustrating, but I feel a lot better now," Josefson said. "Hopefully, I can be in for the rest of the year."
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