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10 Things: Weirdest sports injuries

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  • 1) Gesundheit

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar recently suffered a Grade-1 oblique strain from sneezing exceedingly violently. He’s expected to miss a week but be ready in time for opening day.

     

     

  • 2) Quick on the draw

    In November 2008, a season after winning Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants, Plaxico Burress was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in New York which ended with him reaching to pull a handgun out of his pocket and shooting himself in the leg while the gun was still in his pocket. He suffered only minor injuries but was suspended from the team and eventually served two years in prison for felony weapons charges.

     

     

  • 3) Guitar zero

    During the 2006 American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers pitcher was sidelined with a sore wrist, a common injury for an MLB pitcher. However, the source of Zumaya’s wrist pain was rather exceptional and stemmed from an obsession with the Playstation 2 game Guitar Hero. In the previous days, Zumaya had been playing so much Guitar Hero that he tweaked his wrist and had to sit out a few games to recover. Luckily for him, Detroit still swept the A’s in just four games before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

     

     

  • 4) Watch your language

    In a 1975 Premier League match versus Birmingham, Manchester United goalie Alex Stepney proved himself to be a screamer when yelling at his defenders to stay in their proper positions. He managed to yell with such force that he dislocated his jaw and was forced to leave the game.

     

     

  • 5) I'll have what he's having

    In 1992, future Hall-of-Famer and Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine had particularly rough airline food. In fact, the inflight meal caused him to vomit so violently that he cracked two ribs and had to be placed on the disabled list.

     

     

  • 6) Couldn't wait to find out what happened next

    While in his debut season for the San Diego Padres in 2000, pitcher Adam Eaton became so frustrated with the stubborn packaging on a new DVD that he took out a paring knife to try to hack it open. Instead, he managed to slice himself in the stomach and required stitches to get patched up.

     

     

  • 7) Run Frerotte run

    In a 1997 game against the New York Giants, Washington Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte ran the ball into the endzone from one yard out. To celebrate, Frerotte ran past the end zone, spiked the ball into the ground, and headbutted the wall while still running full speed. Frerotte needed help taking his helmet off and had to go to a nearby hospital during half time to be treated for a sprained neck.

     

     

  • 8) Time for a new hobby

    Toronto Maple Leafs backup goalie Glenn Healy required 40 stitches in his hand after injuring it cleaning his bagpipes. Luckily for him, it was his last season in the NHL and he was a backup goaltender.

     

     

  • 9) Spiderman

    Another Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, Glenallen Hill, had a serious case of arachnophobia. One night, in the grip of a violent nightmare about spiders, Hill leaped out of bed and ran across his apartment only to fall into a glass table and down a flight of stairs, leaving him with cuts and bruises all over his arms and legs.

     

     

  • 10) Hungry hungry coyote

    Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan once missed a game in 1985 after having his hand bitten by a coyote while reaching into its pen. The Houston Astros pitcher managed to return to the field after just one game.

     

     

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