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Gerbe practices; ready to return?

Jan 23, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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Nathan Gerbe appears on the verge of returning to the Sabres’ lineup after undergoing offseason spine surgery.

Per the Buffalo News, the diminutive forward was skating on a line with Mikhail Grigorenko and Steve Ott at this morning’s practice.

Prior to surgery, Gerbe, 25, had been dealing with neck and back issues after being hit from behind (video) by Philadelphia’s Marc-Andre Bourdon on Dec. 7, 2011.

Buffalo’s next game is Thursday at Carolina.

Update (12:30 p.m. ET):

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff says Gerbe needs to be cleared by doctors before he can play on Thursday.

  1. buddysguys - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    i don’t need this guy in my line up he brings nothing to the table.

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      You’d prefer Matt Ellis?

  2. westsidewilly - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Mini-man on the mend!

  3. dasportsninja - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Once the Sabres get him back and Cody McCormick, they can start rolling 4 lines, they have a chance to be real good.

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