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Sabres forward Anders Bjork returns to practice

Anders Bjork practiced with the Sabres on Sunday, his first session with the team since entering the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Jan. 4.

Bjork’s return left the Sabres with four players absent due to protocol: forwards Alex Tuch, Kyle Okposo, and Peyton Krebs and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald. Okposo and Fitzgerald entered protocol on Jan. 3. Tuch and Krebs entered along with Bjork on Jan. 4.

Bjork has five points (4+1) in in 29 games. The 25-year-old winger entered his first full season with the Sabres with aspirations of carving out a larger role and increasing his offensive contributions. His career high for a season is 19 points (9+10), set in 58 games with Boston in 2019-20.

Buffalo’s next game is Tuesday at home against Tampa Bay.