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Alex Poythress suffers leg injury in celebration, says he’s fine (Video)

Kentucky is already without Willie Cauley-Stein after the big man got hurt in the team’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville, and now Alex Poythress may not be at full strength for the team’s championship game against UConn Monday night.

Poythress got his leg caught in the dog pile his teammates formed in their celebration after the win over Wisconsin Saturday and appeared to get hurt. However, he told the media that whatever injury it looked like he suffered wasn’t bad.

“Nah, I just caught on the bottom of the dog pile,” Poythress said after the game. “I’ll be fine.”

Poythress may say he’s fine, but the look on his face after the celebration said otherwise:

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Poythress now joins a long list of athletes who have been hurt during a celebration. See the full list here.

GIF via SB Nation

Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre wiped out hard during celebration (GIF)

Dyshawn-Prince-celebrationThe Dayton Flyers were understandably ecstatic on Thursday when they knocked off No. 6 seed Ohio State to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The victory took 40 minutes of hard-nosed basketball and hustle, and the celebration got a bit dangerous.

After Aaron Craft missed a runner and the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Flyers sprinted to mid-court to jump all over each other. A few of them collided pretty hard, and sophomore forward Dyshawn Pierre ended up smashing his hip on the floor. He was helped up by his teammates and appeared to be fine.

Dayton needs Pierre, who is averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, if it wants to make a run. The last thing the Flyers need is one of those devastating celebration injuries we typically see from baseball players.

GIF via Cork Gaines

Kentucky WR Alex Montgomery tears ACL celebrating a touchdown (Video)

Alex-Montgomery-celebration-injuryTime and time again, we are reminded that celebrating can sometimes be one of the most dangerous activities in sports. Kentucky wide receiver Alex Montgomery learned that the hard way on Saturday when he injured his knee while celebrating a touchdown against Alabama State.

Montgomery, a freshman who is second on the team with 16 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. After scoring a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Wildcats a 21-7 lead, Montgomery jumped up to chest bump teammates Demarco Robinson and Anthony Kendrick. He landed awkwardly on his left leg and tore up his knee.

“It was three of us that jumped, so I guess when he came down it came down wrong on his knee,” Robinson told the Lexington Herald Leader.

Kentucky is scheduled to face Missouri this weekend and may also be without second-leading receiver Ryan Timmons, who sprained his ankle against Alabama State.

We thought it was bad when Candice Parker accidentally headbutted a teammate a few months ago, but at least that only led to a bloody face. A torn ACL is one of the worst injuries Montgomery could have suffered, and I’m sure the way it happened has led to plenty of sleepless nights since Saturday.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Candice Parker bloodies teammate Nneka Ogwumike with headbutt (Video)

The Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Tulsa Shock in a dramatic double-overtime game on Saturday night, but the victory came at a price. That price was paid by Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, who hit a clutch layup and got fouled in the process to give LA a lead toward the end of the first overtime.

However, it was not the foul that got the best of Ogwumike. After she hit the shot, teammate Candice Parker came running over for an enthusiastic hug/chest bump/headbutt. The end result was an ugly-looking bloody eye for Ogwumike. Here’s a screen shot of the damage:

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Fortunately, Ogumike returned to the court after receiving medical care and was able to help her team pull out the win in the second overtime. In terms of celebration mishaps, the injury was nothing compared to that brutal flying headbutt we saw after a rugby game a couple years back. We’re all grateful for that.

H/T Black Sports Online

Jeremy Maclin hurt his groin when Nnamdi Asomugha jumped on him after touchdown

Jeremy Maclin Nnamdi Asomugha groin

Jeremy Maclin was listed as limited with a groin injury on Monday after hurting it following the Philadelphia Eagles’ comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and now we know the cause of the injury.

Per Tim McManus, Maclin told reporters on Tuesday that his groin was hurt when cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha jumped on him to celebrate the winning touchdown he caught on the final play of the game.

As many have quipped, the injury was Asomugha’s first hard hit of the season.

The injury won’t keep Maclin out of the Eagles’ Thursday game against the Bengals, but it does make for a funny story. And, sadly, injuries during celebrations occur far more often than you’d think. Here’s a list of many of them.

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Max Scherzer injures ankle celebrating Tigers clinching AL Central

Year after year, I watch baseball teams celebrating their postseason berths and division crowns and wonder how more people don’t get hurt. Between champagne and beer flowing everywhere and 40-man pig piles in the middle of the field, it’s a mystery how more players don’t break bones or tear ligaments. Unfortunately for Tigers fans, their team was unable to escape its AL Central-clinching celebration without injury.

Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer will reportedly miss his final start of the season on Wednesday after tweaking his ankle during Detroit’s celebration on Monday night. Manager Jim Leyland told reporters someone stepped on Scherzer during the festivities.

“This is a slightly twisted ankle,” Leyland explained. “You know, swollen, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. But it’s obviously serious enough that he won’t pitch tomorrow.”

Scherzer had missed his previous scheduled start because of a sore right shoulder, and the plan was to have him throw five innings on Wednesday to test it out. Leyland said Scherzer felt great while throwing off of flat ground on Tuesday and that the ball was “flying out of his hand.”

While Leyland did everything he could to downplay the injury and not cause a panic, it is obviously a concern for the Tigers. Scherzer was one of the better pitchers in the AL this season, finishing with a 16-7 record and 3.82 ERA. His 228 strikeouts were third-best in the AL, so Detroit obviously needs him in the postseason.

As fellow ballplayers like this one and this one could tell Scherzer, celebration injuries are an unintended consequence that are not fun to deal with.

UPDATE: Per Hardball Talk, Scherzer apparently woke up feeling fine on Wednesday and was penciled back in for his start against the Royals. Obviously good news for Tigers fans regarding the ankle. The issue to monitor now will be how his shoulder responds.

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Buffalo RB James Potts suffers potentially serious injury while celebrating (Video)

Typically when players suffer injuries while celebrating we bash them for not using caution and acting recklessly. While that is true much of the time, it was not the case with Buffalo University backup running back James Potts.

During Saturday’s game against Morgan State, Potts scored on a 49-yard touchdown run and broke into a slight gallop and a hop. As you can see from the video above, he instantly grabbed for his knee.

“The James Potts situation right now is we’re getting a full workup on him and unfortunately it doesn’t look good at this point,” Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn told The Buffalo News on Monday. “I know we’ll be losing him for the next game (Sept. 19 against visiting Kent State) and maybe multiple games and potentially, who knows, it may be the whole season.”

Potts has battled back from missing last season due to academic issues, and the touchdown was only his second touch at the college level. When we see guys go down because they’re hopping over railings or jumping up and down, we usually take the “what do you expect?” stance. What happened to Potts is bad luck at its finest.

UPDATE: Buffalo’s student newspaper confirmed that Potts has a torn ACL and is out for the season.

H/T Dr. Saturday