Roman Polak leaves game with lower body injury

The Maple Leafs defenseman is being evaluated after suffering an apparent lower body injury Saturday against the Red Wings.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak left the team’s game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night after suffering an apparent lower body injury in the second period. The 28-year-old was battling for position near the corner when Tomas Tatar fell on top of him, seemingly twisting his ankle in the process.

Be warned, it’s not a pretty sight:

Polak couldn’t get off the ice under his own power and immediately headed to the locker room after the injury. His status is unclear at this point while the Maple Leafs evaluate their defenseman, but obviously that video doesn’t make one optimistic he’s alright and the team has announced he won’t return.

Polak looked to be in serious pain right after the play:

Polak

The Maple Leafs acquired Polak during the offseason in a trade with the Blues, sending forward Carl Gunnarsson and a fourth-round pick to St. Louis. He recorded three goals and five points in 20 games with Toronto this season entering Saturday night.

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