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Sabres' Josefson out four to six weeks; Griffith sent to Rochester

Jacob Josefson's ankle is turning into his Achilles' heel.

Just three games after returning from an ankle injury, the Buffalo Sabres center tweaked the ankle again. Coach Phil Housley announced Monday that Josefson will miss the next four to six weeks.

"It's tough," Housley said in KeyBank Center. "It's difficult when you lose a guy like that. He sort of put everybody in the right seat. We'll have to deal with it and move forward."

Josefson was originally injured Oct. 15, and he returned to the Sabres' lineup Wednesday against Minnesota. Centering for Kyle Okposo and Jordan Nolan, Josefson had an assist against the Wild and scored Friday against Edmonton.

He played only one period Saturday in Montreal.

"That line in particular with Nolan and Okposo really had shown some good signs of contributing offensively with their overall play in the zone," Housley said. "A lot of good possession numbers for them."

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The Sabres are down to the minimum of 12 forwards after losing Josefson and waiving Seth Griffith. The winger cleared waivers Monday and was sent to Rochester.

"He certainly had a really good opportunity," said Housley, who wanted more complete and better offensive decisions from Griffith. "He's really a gifted scorer, talented and very fast. A lot of the games when he had opportunities to really take a hard look and had open ice to make a play or shoot the puck, he was almost looking to pass.

"Obviously, when you're not doing well, you're going to make changes."

Housley said the Sabres would decide Tuesday whether to call up a forward for the game against Tampa Bay.

Here were the forward lines and defense pairs during practice in HarborCenter:

Evander Kane-Jack Eichel-Sam Reinhart
Benoit Pouliot-Ryan O'Reilly-Kyle Okposo
Jordan Nolan-Johan Larsson-Jason Pominville
Zemgus Girgensons-Kyle Criscuolo-Matt Moulson

Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe-Victor Antipin
Nathan Beaulieu-Justin Falk
Josh Gorges-Zach Bogosian
Matt Tennyson

Housley said Bogosian is a game-time decision for Tuesday's visit by the Lightning.

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