The Sabres returned to practice today without rookie standout Tyler Myers, who appeared to suffer a shoulder or arm injury in a 3-2 overtime victory Monday night over Toronto. Myers played through discomfort in the third period but missed the workout this morning.
Patrick Kaleta also missed the workout today. He's been suffering from neck pain since Jarkko Ruutu nailed him when the winger wasn't looking last week. There was no word yet on whether Myers or Kaleta would be available for the game Wednesday night in Washington.
Chris Butler skated for the second straight day. Thomas Vanek had a limited workout while skating mostly with the fourth line.
Myers was giving the day off to rest and is expected to play Wednesday night against the Capitals. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Myers had been battling discomfort in his groin but it was not considered serious. As for the appearance that the defenseman was dinged up in the arm-shoulder area, Ruff said, "It was nothing."
Kaleta was getting treatment for his neck. It was not clear whether he would play in Washington. Butler was feeling good but has not set a timetable on when he would return.
--- Bucky Gleason