SportsBlast: Ruff Hurt During Sabres Practice

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM EDT

By WKBW Sports

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February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff suffered three broken ribs during the end of Monday's practice at the First Niagara Center after colliding with defenseman Jordan Leopold.

While racing up ice against Ville Leino, during the final portion of a battle drill, Leopold lost his balance and slid into Ruff from the coach's blind side. The collision sent tumbling to the ice.

He was helped to his feet and off the ice by trainers. He was not made available to the media on Monday. The Sabres released the following statement on Ruff's condition:

“Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff suffered three broken ribs following a collision with Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold during the team’s practice this morning at First Niagara Center. He is expected to be back tomorrow to resume his coaching responsibilities.”

(reaction from Leopold, Jason Pominville, and Ryan Miller)

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