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Soccer Player Chris Whelpdale Suffers Torn Scrotum

Soccer players need to do something to better protect themselves from injuries to the groin area. With football we’re always talking about concussions and head injuries which are disturbing enough, but nothing makes people cringe quite like an injury to the man region.  Last week we showed you a hilarious headline about a soccer player who had ruptured his testicle.  This week, Gillingham’s Chris Whelpdale suffered a torn scrotum.  Deadspin shared some pretty entertaining quotes about the injury with us.

“The tackle on Chris Whelpdale, he’s probably going to have to have five stitches in his testicles believe it or not, it’s ripped his testicles open,” Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler said. “It’s absolutely disgusting, it was a shocking challenge for me and worthy of a red card.

“I’m not making that up, we’ve seen it in there. It’s an horrific injury and it’ll be pretty sure and I’m sure his wife won’t be too happy about that tonight either!”

It may not sound as bad as getting gored in the scrotum by a bull, but that can’t be fun.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Whelpdale and his boys. We wish them all a full and speedy recovery.

H/T to Gillingham FC’s team website.

Patrick Eaves Suffers Broken Jaw After Taking Puck to the Head (Video)

Unfortunately, Saturday marked the second time in only a few weeks that an NHL player has taken a puck to the face. Unlike the incident with Danielle Paille a little while back, the play that involved Detroit winger Patrick Eaves was accompanied by more brutal results.  Eaves is reportedly going to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his broken jaw.  Check out this nasty video of Eaves taking a puck to the side of the head:

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Daniel Paille Takes a Steve Staios Slap Shot to the Face (Video)

NHL players are grown men, which means they get to make their own decisions.  While more and more players are opting to wear a shield each year, there are still plenty who refuse.  I’m not here to advocate that the NHL start forcing players to wear shields or a full cage since injuries are not all that common, but there is no arguing they would make the game safer.  In fact, even the shield can’t protect you from all dangers.  Just ask Bruins forward Daniel Paille, who took a Steve Staios slap shot directly to the face Monday night during a Boston victory.  Check out the video of the brutal play:

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Squash Record Holder Cameron Pilley Drills Brother in Back, Leaves Hole (Video)

A lot of things have been said about squash here in America. When I was in college, people used to say it was boring and pointless, but that it provided a tremendous workout. Rarely did I ever hear anyone describe squash as a dangerous sport, but now that I think about it, I can see how it certainly could be.

Although the ball is rubber and has some give, anything that you are trying to whack that hard has the potential to become dangerous. When the world record holder for fastest squash ball ever hit is involved, you might even envision how things could get out of hand in a hurry. That would be especially true if said record holder’s brother volunteered to be drilled in the back with a squash ball. Check out the video of squash record holder Cameron Pilley nailing his brother in the back with a shot, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks:

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Eric Foster Suffers Broken Leg (Video)

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster became the latest NFL player to suffer a gruesome injury on Monday Night Football. Foster’s leg got caught under a teammate and snapped in the wrong direction. Make sure you realize that this injury video is difficult to watch:

Our thoughts are with Foster and we hope he can make a full recovery. The good news is that they say bones reset well following clean breaks, so hopefully that will be the case.

UPDATE: The Colts have tentatively termed it a “dislocated right ankle.” That is putting it kindly. It sure looked like the lower part of his leg snapped.

Edgar Sosa Suffers a Nasty Leg Injury (Video)

No matter how many times we see these nasty sports injuries on video, they never get easier to watch.  Those of us who are college basketball fans are familiar with the name Edgar Sosa.  Sosa was a star at Louisville but went undrafted in 2010.  Over the summer he has been playing with John Calipari and the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas tournament trying to establish a name for himself.  On Monday during a win over Panama, Sosa suffered a horrific leg injury that is being reported as a fracture tibula. 

We have seen a number of similar injuries over the years such as this one, this one, and this one, but you have to feel particularly bad for a guy like Sosa who was working hard just to gain recognition.  Hopefully the leg heals quickly and he can get back to playing and trying to prove himself.

Stephen Drew Injury Video – One of the Nastiest Broken Ankles You’ll See

Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew suffered one of the nastiest injuries we’ve seen. In the fourth inning of the Arizona-Milwaukee game, he had his ankle snapped sliding into home after tagging up on a fly ball. The entire D-Backs bench was deserted after Drew was taken off the field because all the players were checking on him. Not to compare injuries, but this was even worse than Buster Posey.

We have an entire section of nasty injuries here at LBS, and that certainly ranks up there. OK, maybe this broken leg video is still worse, but that was bad.

Drew suffered a fractured ankle on the play and will likely need surgery, meaning he’s likely done for the season. I can’t think of many worse ways to have your season come to an end than that. We just hope he can make a full recovery.

Thanks to Timothy Burke at Sports Grid for the video