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Rivet out for two more weeks

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It appears the Buffalo Sabres will be without their captain a little longer.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff reported that Craig Rivet will be evaluated in “two-week blocks” with a shoulder injury.

The defenseman missed two games earlier in the season with an upper body injury and was unable to participate in both games this weekend against the Maple Leafs and Devils when the pain flared up again.

“We’ll see where he is after two weeks and if the doctors decide that he isn’t available then it will be another two weeks,” Ruff said. “It won’t be a day-to-day.”

Rivet rejoined his team Monday morning, skating for the first time since he was announced as a scratch prior to Friday’s game against Toronto. While he will continue to participate in practice, Rivet said he will shy away from most contact and physical drills.

“It’s something that I tried to play with,” Rivet said of the injury. “Obviously it was really limiting what I can do on the ice and really affecting my game… the pain issue, you can get through those things but when it makes things that much more difficult for you on the ice you have to take a step back and try to rehabilitate it… see if we can strengthen it up.”

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