Okposo diagnosed with another concussion

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The Buffalo Sabres announced on Tuesday that forward Kyle Okposo has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Injury Update: After further evaluation, Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been diagnosed with a concussion.

— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) February 19, 2019

Okposo originally went with the team to New Jersey at the start of their road trip, but was sent back to Buffalo for further evaluation on Monday. The 30-year-old winger suffered the concussion on Friday night after taking a punch in a fight with New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo.

Okposo has had a frightening history of concussions since joining the Sabres before the 2016-17 season. In March of 2017, Okposo suffered a concussion during a practice that eventually led him to being admitted to Buffalo General’s neurosurgical ICU several days later. He experienced mood changes and sleeping troubles, and eventually stopped eating and started to lose weight. He ended up missing the final six games of the season.

Last season, Okposo was diagnosed with another concussion after a collision with Bobby Ryan in a game against the Ottawa Senators. That forced him out of three games before he returned to action.

This season has been a relatively disappointing one for Okposo with just 10 goals and 22 points in 57 games played. In parts of three seasons with the Sabres, Okposo has 44 goals and 111 points in 198 games.

Okposo was signed to a seven-year, $42 million contract back on July 1, 2016. He has four years remaining on his contract after the 2018-19 season.