Mair cleared for contact after missing 28 games

Updated: March 28, 2006, 4:46 PM ET
Associated Press

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 reserve.

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.

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