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Sabres' Rolston: No concussion for Ennis; Leino, Leopold will be game-time decision vs. Rangers

By John Vogl

Tyler Ennis, who needed stitches on his forehead Sunday night after getting hit into the boards from behind, skipped practice today for the Sabres. He is questionable for Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers.

"He’s day-to-day right now," said interim coach Ron Rolston, who added that Ennis does not have a concussion. "He’s a little dinged up, so he was off today and we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow."

Ennis carried the puck along the boards in Philadelphia, stopped and turned, then was hit by the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds. The Sabres felt it was boarding, but no penalty was called.

"It was a tough play," Rolston said. "He was going and I thought his back was turned, but it’s not the way they saw it. It’s what they see and what they think they see. They made the call on it."

Ennis had been centering left wing Steve Ott and right wing Nathan Gerbe. The wingers were part of a four-man line during practice in First Niagara Center as Jochen Hecht and Ville Leino rotated with the players.

Leino, who has yet to play this season with a hip injury, and defenseman Jordan Leopold (upper body) will be game-time decisions against the Rangers.

"I feel really good, so we’ll see," said Leino, who hoped to debut Sunday. "It would have been good extra momentum to play against an old team and a fun rink to play, so it would have been good. But we’re looking at this day now, and we’ll go from there."

Leopold was a late scratch against the Flyers after being activated from injured reserve earlier in the day.

"I think they were waiting to see what the lineup was going to be, if a couple other guys were healthy or not," he said. "Whatever. It was another day of rest for the injury, so I’ll take it.

"I’m ready when called upon. I’m glad I didn’t say for sure I was in the lineup yesterday because I ended up not being in the lineup. The prospect looks good, but we’ll see tomorrow. I activated myself. They activated me. I’m available."

Ron Rolston

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