Reaves reveals cringe-worthy details of his devastating knee injury
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Leafs winger reveals the nauseating details of his recent lower-body injury

Published January 2, 2024 at 5:06 PM
BY RYAN SMITHERAM

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Reaves has been out of action for just over 2 weeks as he has recovered from a knee injury. The injury was suffered on December 14th against the Columbus Blue Jackets where Reaves had gone to turn towards the boards, but caught a rut. The rut forced his knee to pop out and forced him out of the game. Initially, it was thought that he was going to be out for some time, but the following day he was seen riding the bike, which eased the Leafs' concerns.

Reaves returned to practice Monday, but won't play in the first two games on the Leafs California road trip. When asked about the injury, Reaves revealed that it has been an ongoing issue and that he is often the one that pops it back into place, but was unable to this time.

"I've done this about 10 times, It's a bit of an old injury. It recurs a bunch. It's been anywhere where I've come back from the same game to I think the longest I've missed is two weeks. This would be the longest of them now," explained Reaves.

Reaves told the media on Tuesday that his knee cap had actually shifted out of place and he had to pop it back in himself. It's enough to make your stomach turn.


Reaves, who signed a 3-year deal with the Leafs July 1st, has had a tough start to his tenure in Toronto. In 21 games he has just 1 goal and is a minus -11 while averaging slightly more than 7 minutes of ice time per game. Hopefully the time off has rejuvenated Reaves and he is able to contribute in a more positive way once he returns to the lineup.

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Leafs winger reveals the nauseating details of his recent lower-body injury

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