Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/13/13
How close was former Dolphins star Jason Taylor to having a leg removed during his playing days? About a few hours, to hear him tell it. In a revealing interview with Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald, Taylor detailed the kind of pain he experienced during his 15-year NFL career. In specific, Taylor described what happened after a game in Washington, during which he was leg-whipped. Le Batard relays how Taylor's calf hurt so much after the game that he couldn't sleep. Eventually, Taylor called the team trainer in an effort to find some way to relieve the pain. As Le Batard describes it: "The trainer rushed to Taylors house. Taylor thought he was overreacting. The trainer told him they were immediately going to the hospital. A test kit came out. Taylors blood pressure was so high that the doctors thought the test kit was faulty. Another test. Same crazy numbers. Doctors demanded immediate surgery. Taylor said absolutely not, that he wanted to call his wife and his agent and the famed Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Andrews also recommended surgery, and fast. Taylor said, fine, hed fly out in owner Daniel Snyders private jet in the morning. Andrews said that was fine but that hed have to cut off Taylors leg upon arrival. Taylor thought he was joking. Andrews wasnt. Compartment syndrome. Muscle bleeds into the cavity, causing nerve damage. Two more hours, and Taylor would have had one fewer leg. Fans later sent him supportive notes about their own compartment syndrome, many of them in wheelchairs." Taylor, of course, did not lose his leg, and he went on to enjoy a Hall of Fame-caliber career. But it was a journey that didn't come without its share of of pain.
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