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Daniel Robertson fractures face in collision with Alex Rios (GIF)

Daniel-Robertson-Alex-Rios-collisionTexas Rangers outfielder Daniel Robertson suffered a fractured cheekbone on Thursday after he collided with Alex Rios’ knee while trying to make a play on a ball that was falling between right and center field. Robertson went into a dive while Rios went into a slide, and the 28-year-old rookie’s face paid the price.

As you can see, Robertson’s face hit Rios’ knee so hard his gum went flying out of his mouth. He laid motionless on the grass for a minute or so before being helped up by his teammates.

“It was a hard play, a hustle play and we were both going after it,” Robertson said, via Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. “There were so many people, it was so hard to hear. It was just bad luck. I know it looked scary and I heard the gum went pretty far.

“There is no finger pointing or anything like that. I hope to be back in there in a couple of days.”

Robertson also added that he would approach the play the same way 10 times out of 10. Fortunately, he showed no signs of a concussion after being removed from the game.

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Mike Napoli’s finger dislocated after dive and looked gross

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Mike Napoli left Tuesday’s Boston Red Sox game against the White Sox in Chicago in the ninth inning after dislocating his finger on a head-first dive into second base, and let me tell you, his finger looked pretty gross.

Napoli walked with one out in the inning and was trying to advance to second on a wild pitch and made it safely, though his finger did not. Dustin Pedroia came in to pinch run for him.

Though Napoli dislocated his finger, doctors re-set it and confirmed it was not broken. Scott Lauber says the team has not ruled Napoli out for Wednesday:

The Sox are already without Shane Octoberino and Will Middlebrooks, and Pedroia has a wrist injury. The last thing they need is Napoli out.

If Napoli does miss time, he’ll join Yasiel Puig and Josh Hamilton on the list of stars who have hurt themselves diving into bases this season.

Vikings OL Josh Samuda suffers gruesome ankle injury (Picture)

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Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Josh Samuda suffered an ankle injury during practice on Tuesday that you do not want to see if you have a weak stomach. The Vikings were going through some basic agility drills when Samuda’s ankle bent the wrong way. Ben Garvin of the Pioneer Press was there to capture the aftermath.

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Christian Ehrhoff has ear sliced open by puck

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is lucky to have woken up on Monday morning with two ears. During his team’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Ehrhoof took a puck to the side of the head. That ringing noise he heard may have been the sound of his ear splitting in two.

If you have a strong stomach, feel free to proceed through the jump.

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Nick Collison bloodied by Jeff Ayers elbow; needed four staples (GIF)

The San Antonio Spurs lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in what felt like a playoff preview. It was a hard-fought battle that featured plenty of physical play. If you’d rather not take our word for it, just ask Nick Collison’s head.

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Collison got a nasty cut on the top of his head that resulted in blood pouring down his face on all sides. As The Big Lead pointed out, he likely suffered the injury while fighting for a rebound with Spurs center Jeff Ayres.

The Thunder forward went to the locker room to get four staples in his head before returning to the bench in the fourth quarter. It was one of those plays that didn’t look as bad as, say, Mike Dunleavy getting cracked across the face with an elbow, but the result was ultimately the same. If Gatorade is looking to make a commercial featuring backup big men, Collison will almost certainly be in it.

Red Wings prospect Mitch Callahan took a puck to the mouth and this happened

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Detroit Red Wings prospect Mitch Callahan, who currently plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins, showed everyone on Wednesday night that he is not afraid to take a hit. And by that we mean Callahan is a true hockey player who can eat a puck and live to joke about it on social media.

If you are squeamish, we don’t recommend clicking after the jump. Like most other players who have fought a puck, Callahan lost. Proceed if you dare.

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Soccer player saves opponent’s life after he gets knocked unconscious (Video)

A Ukrainian soccer game nearly ended in tragedy on Sunday when a player was knocked unconscious by a flying knee. Fortunately, an opponent helped save his life on the field.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk goalkeeper Denis Boyko jumped up to catch a ball in the 25th minute and collided with Dynamo Kiev captain Oleg Gusev. Boyko’s knee hit Gusev directly in the head in one of the nastiest collisions you will ever see. Gusev was immediately knocked unconscious and fell to the ground.

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In addition to being knocked out, Gusev also swallowed his tongue. Realizing what had happened, Dnipro midfielder Jaba Kankava immediately rushed over, rolled Gusev onto his back and reached into his mouth to free his airway.

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