Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin Leaves Game Against Coyotes With Neck Injury

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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to sustain injuries to their blue line.

Jake Muzzin was involved a collision with Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller and did not return.

The Maple Leafs announced that the veteran defenseman would not return to the game due to neck injury.

The Leafs did not have an additional update following their 4-2 loss to the Coyotes on Monday.

The club started this season without Timothy Liljegren as the defenseman underwent hernia surgery before the season started and is expected to be out until mid-November.

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Jordie Benn took part in his first group skate with the Maple Leafs, although it was an optional morning skate, for the first time since he sustained a groin injury.

Muzzin has dealt with back discomfort that forced him to miss the opening week of training camp. He also had two concussions last season that had him miss an extended period of time.

“I’ve been saying a lot that’s probably my best friend on this team,” Leafs forward Mitch Marner said of Muzzin. “Outside of hockey, this is way bigger. He’s got two unbelievable daughters, an unbelievable wife and you just wish the very best for him. You have so much to live for in this life with your family.”

When speaking to reporters, Marner hadn’t had a chance to check in on Muzzin.

“Hopefully, everything is ok with him,” Marner added. “We’re very blessed to have an unbelievable medical staff here that takes care of their players very well and knows what to do.”

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