Detroit Lions tight end Joe Fauria suffered a mysterious ankle injury last week that could cause him to miss some time. He was spotted walking around the team facility on Monday with crutches and a walking boot, and now we know why. Fauria’s puppy is to blame.
According to the Lions, Fauria injured his ankle while trying to stop his little dog from peeing inside the house.
“Fauria was trying to stop Lil’ Rufio from urinating in the house when he misstepped & sprained his ankle at home,” the team’s official Twitter account wrote on Monday evening.
Fauria later confirmed it.
“I was hanging out with my dog and he did something bad and ran away from me,” Fauria told reporters, via the Lions official website. “I wasn’t running downstairs but I was going a little faster than usual and I missed the last two steps. My carpet goes to hardwood and I was wearing socks. I just put all of my weight on my left foot. It was kind of an agonizing pain.”
As far as we can tell, this is not a joke. Fauria’s dog is three months old, and we must admit he is a handsome little devil. Anyone who has ever raised a puppy can tell you how much work it is and can certainly understand how one would roll his ankle while trying to rush to prevent an accident.
We have heard of athletes injuring themselves while playing with their kids, but this is a new one. The Lions will miss Fauria, especially in the red zone. He caught seven touchdowns last season.