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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Articles tagged: Weird Injuries

Aaron Gordon fractures jaw horsing around with brother

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For high-flying Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, a couple of bumps and bruises here and there are to be expected, perhaps as he hurls himself at the rim or rises up to send an opponent’s shot sailing into the third row. Fracturing a jaw horsing around with an older brother probably does not fall into that category.

According to the Orlando Sentinel in a report that ran Friday, that’s exactly what happened to the 19-year-old Arizona product:

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent surgery Tuesday in California to repair a fractured jaw and is expected to return by the start of the regular season, according to team spokesman Joel Glass.

Glass said Gordon suffered the jaw injury when Gordon was visiting his family and was horsing around with his older brother, Drew, who appeared in nine games last season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The timetable for Aaron Gordon’s return to basketball-related activities will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation, Glass said.

Who would have thought a friendly game of Gordon Family Freeze Tag could have gone so awry?

It’s a real shame too as the younger Gordon was showing out in Orlando Summer League averaging 21.7 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game, looking a step above the competition on both ends of the floor. It’s unlikely that the Magic will gain any solace from the old adage “Boys will be boys,” and now will just have to hold their breaths that their prized phenom recovers in time for the 2015-16 season.

Maybe the Gordon brothers were trying to recreate a scene from Raging Bull?

Or perhaps Drew, whose own NBA aspirations flopped after a semi-promising college tenure, is just jealous that Aaron is a better dunker than he is.

Whatever the case may be, Gordon’s fractured jaw registers a solid reading on our LBS scale of one to DeAngelo Hall for weirdest sports injuries.

H/T SB Nation

Bucs CB CJ Wilson reportedly suffers ‘severe’ hand injury in fireworks accident

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Memo to all NFL players — stop playing with fireworks.

Believe it or not, Jason Pierre-Paul is not the only NFL player who suffered an injury during a fireworks mishap over the 4th of July weekend. On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed that cornerback C.J. Wilson did the same thing.

“It is our understanding that the injury occurred to one of his hands and our primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health,” the team said in a statement, per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. “We have been in contact with C.J. and are continuing to monitor the situation.”

As with Pierre-Paul’s situation, early reports indicate that the injury could be serious. A Bucs team source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that the injury is “significant.”

Wilson, 25, is entering his third NFL season. He appeared in two games for the Buccaneers last season. There is a possibility that he will either be placed on the non-football injury list to start the season or released by the team. His deal includes a nonguaranteed base salary of $585,000 for the 2015 season.

We all know fireworks are dangerous, but having two NFL players wind up in the hospital in the same offseason as a result of fireworks mishaps is unheard of.

You can read the latest updates on Pierre-Paul here. Here’s hoping both players are able to make a full recovery.

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Bonner blames iPhone 6 for causing elbow injury

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Everybody loves the Red Mamba. Except the Red Mamba’s iPhone, apparently.

Free agent forward Matt Bonner just took weird sports injuries to the next level, blaming his iPhone 6 for causing an elbow injury that hindered his shooting last season with the San Antonio Spurs.

Bonner spoke with The Concord Monitor over the weekend:

“You’re about to get an exclusive here. I hate to make excuses, I was raised to never make excuses, but I went through a two-and-a-half month stretch where I had really bad tennis elbow, and during that stretch it made it so painful for me to shoot I’d almost be cringing before I even caught the ball like, ‘Oh, this is going to kill.’

“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it. When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”

The best part is that this doesn’t even seem too farfetched. The iPhone 6 was definitely a behemoth on the level of George Costanza’s wallet compared to its predecessors. And Bonner seems like the type to spend hours on it, either playing Clash of Clans or scouring the Web for the best local sandwich joints.

A known 3-point sniper for much his career, something was certainly off with Bonner’s shot last season. He shot 36.5 percent from deep in 2014-15, well below his career average of 41.4 percent. His 46.2 percent conversion rate on two-pointers also marked a career low. Bonner was a complete non-factor in the Spurs’ first-round defeat to the Clippers, averaging a pitiful 0.9 points per game and 0.9 rebounds per game in just 5.1 minutes per game.

Congratulations, Apple. You ruined the Red Mamba. Great job.

The good news is that the supposed injury was to Bonner’s left (non-shooting) elbow. He remains optimistic that it won’t becoming a lingering problem, telling The Concord Monitor, “I’m not too worried about it. I know I can still shoot.”

Bonner still has yet to sign with a team this offseason. With the Spurs bolstering their power forward rotation with the signings of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, Bonner’s San Antonio future is completely up in the air. I know a team though with a pressing need in the frontcourt and an owner with a well-known distaste for Apple products. Maybe the Los Angeles Clippers ought to dial the Red Mamba’s number.

All in all, Matt Bonner’s “iPhone elbow” is definitely one of the more humerus sports injuries we’ve seen in a while. Take a look at all the other ones we’ve covered here at LBS.

H/T Rolling Stone

Rory McIlroy suffered injury in soccer game with friends

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Rory McIlroy is almost certain to miss The Open Championship next week and likely be out longer than that after he suffered an injury while playing soccer with friends over the the weekend.

McIlroy, who is still the top-ranked golfer in the world, announced the injury on Facebook Monday morning.

“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday,” he wrote. “Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started … Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

That doesn’t sound good.

McIlroy did not play well in the first three rounds of the U.S. Open last month, but he turned it on in the final round and managed to pull off a top-10 finish. He also made one of the best birdie putts you will ever see.

Here’s hoping McIlroy has a speedy recovery and can play again this season.

Jason Pierre-Paul ‘severely injured’ hand in fireworks accident

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New York Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly suffered a serious hand injury in a fireworks accident on Saturday night.

According to Andy Slater of WINZ 940-AM in Miami, Pierre-Paul sustained a “severe injury” to his hand.

While there has not been an official announcement made, speculation is building on Twitter that Pierre-Paul mangled his hand pretty badly. One Twitter user claimed to have a friend who works at the hospital where JPP was being treated, and that person claimed Pierre-Paul has “partially missing fingers.”

Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole also confirmed the injury.

We have seen athletes injure their hands doing weird stuff like this over the years, but the situation with Pierre-Paul sounds fairly serious. It’s also worth noting that he has yet to sign the franchise tender the Giants offers him, which is worth $14.8 million for the 2015 season.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

UPDATE: The injuries Pierre-Paul suffered are not expected to be career-threatening.

This might be the van where it all started.

Caleb Sturgis gets injured at team-organized dodgeball event

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Kickers, you just can’t take them anywhere. Not even to play dodgeball.

According to The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis will miss the rest of team OTAs after getting injured at a team dodgerball event. Seriously.

The team decided to have a fun chemistry-building event and played dodgeball, and the kicker managed to injure the quad on his plant leg while playing. Luckily he’s expected to miss just two to three weeks and be ready in time for training camp.

Between this and what happened with the Chargers rookie to upset the team, we’re seeing that dodgeball is causing problems throughout the NFL. They should know better and leave the dodgeball to the Average Joe’s.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk
Photo: Caleb Sturgis on Twitter

Corey Crawford suffered foot injury at concert

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Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper Corey Crawford is expected to be out for two or three weeks with a foot injury. How did he suffer a foot injury while wearing skates and tending net?

He didn’t.

On Wednesday, Crawford revealed that he injured his left foot while leaving a concert earlier this week.

“I was at a concert the other day and was on the way out and missed a step and I didn’t think it was that bad,” he said, per Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune. “I woke up the next day and it was worse than I thought.

“I’m pretty embarrassed about it, frustrated. Things were going really well. Right now I’m just thinking about trying to get back as quickly as possible and make sure I’m right back where I was (where) I left off.”

Crawford would not say whether alcohol was involved or not.

Hey, it happens.

As Deadspin noted, Twitter rumors seem to indicate that Crawford was at the Rise Against and Royal Blood show on Monday night. I couldn’t even tell you if Rise Against and Royal Blood is one band or two separate ones, and I don’t care enough to Google it. I already know I don’t like them.

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