Bozak, Clarkson miss start of Maple Leafs camp

Toronto Maple Leafs' David Clarkson poses during a shoot at NHL hockey training camp in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
The Canadian Press, Chris Young

TORONTO (AP) Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson both missed the first practice day of Toronto Maple Leafs training camp with lower-body injuries, and coach Randy Carlyle didn't say when he expects either player to be ready.

Bozak and Clarkson suffered the injuries in pre-training camp workouts, according to Carlyle, who said they made ''small amounts of improvement'' from Friday to Saturday.

After the players were deemed less than 100 percent by doctors after Thursday's medical testing, the Leafs held them out of on-ice testing and are being cautious.

''We really don't foresee this (as) something that's going to carry on to any extended period of time, and we were kind of surprised that we didn't have them available to us,'' Carlyle said.

The Leafs' first preseason game is Monday against the Philadelphia Flyers in London, Ontario.

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