You Might Want to Turn Your Head — Worst Sports Injuries Ever

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One of the things that seem to connect a majority of the world’s inhabitants is our love for contact sports. As time marched on, we came out of the gladiatorial ring and pulled on some protective gear, but the risk of injury is still a great concern in the sports world. Come with us as we check the stats of some of the most iconic sports injuries of all time.

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NaVorro Bowman

During the 2014 NFC Championship, NaVorro Bowman had one of the cringe-worthiest knee injuries that football fans around the country had ever seen in real time. He was carted off the field during the game against the Seattle Seahawks after tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee.
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Tim Hudson

On July 13th, 2013, Tim Hudson had his ankle injured while covering first as the Mets’ Eric Young tries to leg out a base hit in the eighth inning. Hudson’s ankle was bent to a disturbing degree and he was quickly carted off the field. For the record, Hudson did catch the ball from Freddie Freeman and he was able to record the out for the team.
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Marcus Lattimore

On Oct. 27, 2012, the SC Cardinals’ Marcus Lattimore suffered a catastrophic knee injury during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams flooded the field out of concern for the 21 year-old running back as he was carried off in a stretcher. The injury forced Lattimore to retire from seeking his NFL dreams.
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Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran

It was a bad day for both Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran, New York Mets outfielders, who collided while diving for a line drive on August 11th, 2005. Both players were knocked out by the hit, with Cameron requiring facial surgery for his broken nose and jaw.
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Salim Sdiri

On Friday 13 July 2007, during the IAAF Golden League at Rome’s Olimpico Stadium, French long-jumper, Salim Sdiri was hit by a stray javelin thrown by the Finnish athlete Tero Pitkämäki. The javelin thrower slipped and threw the javelin towards the area where the jumpers were warming up. Sdiri was rushed to a local hospital and was released with non-life threatening injuries. He was rushed back to the ER two days later because the javelin had actually torn a hole in his liver and punctured the right kidney slightly.
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Tyrone Prothro

In a game against the Florida Gators on October 1, 2005, University of Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro was going for yet another spectacular touchdown catch when Florida cornerback Dee Webb brought him down and snapped his lower leg in half. After 10 surgeries, the injury led to the end of his football career.
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Bryce Florie

The bitterest of sports team rivals finally drew some real blood. On Sept. 8, 2000 at Fenway Park, Yankee Ryan Thompson drilled a line drive into the face of Red Sox pitcher Bryce Florie, causing multiple broken bones and eye damage. He made a comeback in 2001, but after only seven games, the Red Sox released him.
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Joe Theismann

On November 18th, 1985, 36 year-old Joe Theismann had his career ended when the Washington Redskins’ quarterback was sacked by New York Giant, Lawrence Taylor. The awkward hit caused Taylor to land his full weight on Theismann’s right leg, snapping the two major bones below the knee and driving one of them through the skin.
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Clint Malarchuk

One of the most spine-chilling sports injuries ever to happen, occurred on March 22, 1989. During an NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres, a player’s skate caught Sabres goalie, Clint Malarchuk, on the neck and sliced open his jugular vein. Blood started pouring from his neck onto the ice while everyone around was frozen in horror. Seven people in the stands fainted, two had heart attacks, and some of his own teammates threw up on the ice. Amazingly, Malarchuk left the ice under his own power with the assistance of the team’s trainer.
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