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After Sekera gets 'smoked,' Gragnani back for Sabres

RESTON, Va. -- Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera, who left Wednesday's 3-1 loss to New Jersey with an upper-body injury, confirmed today he will be out "weeks."

"You want to play, but injuries are part of the game sometimes and you can’t prevent them," Sekera said after being the only player to skip today's practice in SkateQuest. "I guess I just have to take time and get better."

Sekera has played in all 36 games, scoring twice and adding six assists. He got hurt on a boarding penalty by the Devils' Eric Boulton.

"I didn’t really see the hit. I just hit the boards, then I was struggling from there," Sekera said. "I saw him coming, but I didn’t expect him to hit me that way. I was turning toward the boards, I was going to move the puck, and he come smoke me, and that was the end of the story."

Marc-Andre Gragnani, who has been scratched for the past four games, will take Sekera's spot in the lineup for Friday's visit to Washington.

"I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a little while now," Gragnani said. "I have to play harder in my zone. I started well and then I got maybe a little bit away from that. I’d like to contribute more offensively, too. I need to jump more in the play, and we’ll see what I can do."

Coach Lindy Ruff said left wing Nathan Gerbe, who is recovering from a concussion, could play this weekend. The Sabres host Ottawa on Saturday.

The full audio of Ruff's chat is below.

---John Vogl

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