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Gionta (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.

Gionta will suit up Tuesday evening against the Flames, marking his first game since Dec. 21. The captain has 11 points and a minus-6 rating over 34 games, putting him on track for his worst scoring total for a full season since 2011-12.

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Gionta (upper body) was on the ice for practice Monday and is expected to play Tuesday against the Flames, Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News reports.

Gionta's return to the ice wasn't much of a surprise after he was ruled out for the final two games prior to the All-Star break mostly as a precaution, but what was more notable was the captain insistence that he never sustained a concussion -- nor any other head injury -- as was previously believed. He remains listed on injured reserve for now with the upper-body ailment, but expect his formal activation to come following Tuesday's morning skate.

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Gionta (concussion) will miss both of the Sabres' final two games before the All-Star break.

Gionta was initially ruled out for just Saturday's game against the Flyers, with a slim possibility he might be able to suit up Sunday against the Red Wings. Coach Ted Nolan has now effectively closed the door on that, saying that the team will give the captain some extra days to rest to ensure he's 100 percent healthy before he plays again. Look for him to make his return to the lineup Jan. 27 against the Flames.

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Gionta (concussion) will not play Saturday against the Flyers, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.

Gionta reportedly may play Sunday when Buffalo takes on Detroit. However, it is far more likely that the team will exercise caution and keep Gionta out until the Sabres' first game following the NHL All-Star break. Buffalo's first game after the break is scheduled for Jan. 27 in Calgary.

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Gionta (concussion) is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

Gionta has been able to practice the last few days, but coach Ted Nolan indicated he wanted to exercise some patience with the winger to avoid the potential for a setback. Gionta has missed the last 10 games with the head injury and will target a return for the first game out of the break, scheduled for Jan. 27 in Calgary.

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Gionta (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Gionta hasn't played since Dec. 21 due to the concussion, so the move to IR is strictly for the purpose of opening up an extra roster spot. The winger resumed skating Sunday, but still hasn't been cleared for contact yet.

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Although he was able to skate Sunday, Gionta (concussion) may not play in any of the team's four games this week, The Buffalo News reports.

The Sabres are going nowhere this season, so there's no reason to push a veteran with a sensitive injury into playing. Coach Ted Nolan said Monday that only when Gionta felt 100 percent would he be allowed to play.

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Gionta (concussion) was on the ice for practice Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.

Gionta was skating on the second line alongside Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Patrick Kaleta. His return to the ice is encouraging regarding his status moving forward, and it seems possible he could return for Tuesay's game against the Red Wings.

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Coach Ted Nolan said after Sunday's practice that Gionta (head) is being viewed as "week-to-week," Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

The Sabres are terming Gionta's injury as an "upper-body ailment," but it's safe to assume that he suffered a concussion after taking a hit to the head against Boston last weekend. He has yet to resume skating.

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Gionta (head) will remain out of the lineup Saturday against the Islanders, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.

The Sabres said a concussion had been ruled for Gionta after he exited last weekend's game against the Bruins with a head injury, but it's difficult to take that diagnosis at face value since the forward has yet to resume skating. No matter what the exact nature of Gionta's injury might be, he'll be forced out of his second straight contest and won't have a clear timetable for a return until he resumes skating.