Mair cleared for contact after missing 28 games

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres center Adam Mair was cleared for
contact Tuesday after missing 28 games with a concussion.

The decision by coach Lindy Ruff came after Mair passed a series
of tests Monday in Pittsburgh. Although Mair has been skating
regularly the past few weeks, he will still be out an undetermined
period before being ready to play in a game. He remains on injured

Mair was hurt Jan. 12 during a collision with Phoenix forward
Tyson Nash, and some feared he might miss the rest of the season.
Mair experienced a setback a few days later and was hospitalized
when symptoms worsened.

"It's exciting and I'm going to work hard on getting back into
playing shape," Mair said. "Every day I feel better. My timing's
coming back and my legs are there."

The six-year veteran has spent the past three seasons with
Buffalo. He has two goals, five assists and seven points in 37
games this season.