Redskins long-snapper Nick Sundberg played entire half with a broken arm

It takes a complete team effort to beat the Saints in Louisiana in the season opener, and that’s exactly what the Redskins got on Sunday. Robert Griffin III and company marched into the Superdome and dominated the Saints, who scored a couple of touchdowns late to make the game appear closer than it actually was. Had Washington long-snapper Nick Sundberg not played the entire second half with a broken arm, who knows if the result would have been the same.

According to the Washington Post, Sundberg broke his arm late in the first half on the play where the Saints scored on a blocked punt. He remained on the sidelines for the final 40 seconds of the half in case the Redskins had to punt again, and X-rays during halftime revealed he had broken his arm. Despite what must have been an extremely painful injury, Sundberg had trainers wrap the arm and played the rest of the game.

“I told (special teams coach) Danny (Smith) a long time ago that I don’t care what happens. I’ll play through anything,” Sundberg said. “They’ve given me the opportunity to play on this team and I’m going to give them everything I have in every game I play in. It doesn’t matter. Right when it happened, I knew. I was like, ‘Dang it. This sucks.’ I think it helped that I had already broken it before, so I didn’t know what to expect, but you know, I just kind of had to fight through it and tell myself that it didn’t hurt. It was awful.”

Sundberg said he also broke the arm in high school, so the sensation (if you want to call it that) was a familiar one. He took the field in the second half six times, as Washington punted twice and attempted two field goals and two extra points. Mike Shanahan referred to Sundberg as a “warrior” in his postgame press conference.

We have heard of players playing through some nasty injuries in the Super Bowl before, but playing through a broken arm in the first game of the season is easily one of the more gutsy things we’ve seen in the NFL.

J.P. Joubert wins his MMA fight despite having a fractured skull (Picture)

The x-ray that you see above would be that of a normal man’s head — if only there wasn’t a section above his left brow that was caved in like a car bumper after an accident. J.P. Joubert suffered a fractured during his Extreme Fighting Championships light heavyweight title fight against Norman Wessels last month. That was before Joubert went on to win the fight.

According to Complex Sports, Joubert was able to fight through the pain and win by TKO after several blows resulted in a “frontal sinus fracture and concussion.” Any doctor would probably advise a patient to avoid driving a car, sleeping face down, drinking through a straw, speaking loudly, running quickly, chewing on the left side or eating spicy foods after suffering an injury of this magnitude, but adrenaline clearly kicked in for Joubert.

As the photo that Joubert himself shared shows, this was far from a simple bloody nose or black eye type of deal. A couple of months ago we wondered how a soccer player could possibly play through this injury, but after seeing Joubert’s skull that looks like it would be a walk in the park.

Skull crack to Off the Bench for the story

Dodgers pitcher Todd Coffey tweets picture of elbow after Tommy John surgery

Tommy John surgery has become such a routine procedure in baseball over the years that we tend to forget how serious it is. Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey gave us a reminder on Thursday night. Coffey tweeted a picture of his elbow post-surgery and as you can see there were plenty of stitches involved.

I don’t know anything about the specifics of Tommy John surgery, but it looks like Coffey’s entire arm was filleted open. At least he was heavily medicated when it happened unlike Taylor Hall when his face was cut open, but it still looks pretty intense. Since this is the second Tommy John surgery of Coffey’s career, that scar probably ain’t nothing to a boss.

H/T Big League Stew

Beach soccer player suffers one of the nastiest knee injuries ever (Video)

Not only is running in sand physically taxing, it’s also extremely dangerous. Limbs and joints flex in ways that they aren’t supposed to flex when you’re running on an instable surface like sand, and injuries like the horrific one you see above are all too common. Bruno Torres of Portugal mangled his knee during a beach soccer match over the weekend, as it appeared he dislocated his entire knee cap if that’s even possible. We can’t speculate as to what the exact injury was because we’ve never seen anything that looks quite that disturbing.

We’ve highlighted a number of gruesome injuries on LBS over the years like taking a skate to the face or bursting a hemorrhoid during a match, but this has to be up there in terms of pain. It certainly can be filed under “s*** we hoped we’d never have to see.”

H/T Barstool Sports

Soccer player Leo Ponzio bursts hemorrhoid during match (Video)

For those of you who want to argue that soccer players are not tough, look no further than the disgusting video above. When I first saw this, I thought for sure it had to be some sort of joke. Maybe River Plate midfielder Leo Ponzio fell on paint on the field. Perhaps he was wearing a pair of edible underwear that wasn’t suited for temperatures above 80 degrees and it melted through his pants. Either of those would have been much more bearable than the truth. As Dirty Tackle reluctantly pointed out, Ponzio ruptured a hemorrhoid during a win over Boca Unidos.

“It was weird what happened to me, because I had spent a week in which I had eaten well,” Ponzio said according to Terra. “In the meantime I had been fine, but after a move that threw me to the ground I opened myself more than usual and I started to feel the blood. I felt that something had broken.”

How he was able to finish a match under those conditions is beyond me. Even if it didn’t hurt that much, I think I’d pass out when I felt was was going on. Most people would rather deal with a broken jaw like this, a nasty cut from a skate to the face, or a horrible leg break than have their can bleeding down their shorts. Today, we crown Ponzio one of the toughest men in sports.

College basketball player Chad Renfro survives shark attack

Barry University basketball player Chad Renfro will have to stay off the court for quite some time, but after what happened when he was visiting his parents in Jacksonville last weekend he’s lucky his career is not in jeopardy. According to WSVN-TV, Renfro was bitten by a shark while surfing at a beach near his parents’ home. Despite suffering a nasty foot injury where the shark latched on, Renfro was able to make it to shore where he was rushed to the hospital by lifeguards.

“I just got a wave and I was paddling back out and I felt a shark clamp on my foot,” he explained.

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Aaron Cook receives nasty cut on leg after being spiked (Photos)

We now have a new injury that can rival Amar’e Stoudemire’s utterly gruesome battle wound.

In his Red Sox debut on Saturday, pitcher Aaron Cook received the ugly gash on his leg that you’re seeing above. He suffered the injury when Orioles DH Chris Davis spiked him sliding into home during the second inning. The cut needed 11 stitches to close up, and on Sunday Cook was sent to the 15-day DL.

The above image is a more tame look at the injury. (It looks more like somebody’s chapped lips in that photo than a bad wound.) So, if looking at horrifying leg gashes is your thing, here’s a more grisly look at Cook’s leg:

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