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Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff Breaks Three Ribs at Practice

iStockPhot​o/Thinksto​ck(Buffalo, N.Y.) -- As if this season couldn't get worse for the Buffalo Sabres,  head coach Lindy Ruff found out that the team's injury bug isn't limited to just the players.

During the team's practice on Monday, Ruff suffered three broken ribs in what was called a "freak accident" after Ruff was upended by defenseman Jordan Leopold. Ruff was injured towards the end of practice during a drill when Leopold was trying to cut off forward Ville Leino. Ruff wound up in the middle of the action when Leopold lost his footing and crashed into his coach. Ruff fell backward and landed hard on his right side, and was reportedly fortunate he didn't land on his head.

"To see him in that much pain, he probably has something going on there," Sabres goalie Ryan Miller told Buffalo News. "Hopefully we get that sorted out and he's all right. We need him behind the bench yelling and calling the lines. Lindy being a former player, he knew how to take the fall."

Despite the injury, Ruff is not expected to miss any time with the team.

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