Most bizarre sports injuries ever

 
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Charles Barkley goes to an Eric Clapton concert

Charles Barkley goes to an Eric Clapton concert
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First off, who would have ever guessed Charles Barkley is an Eric Clapton fan? Well, apparently in 1994 Barkley went to a Clapton concert and left the show with blurred vision. Only Sir Charles could have something like that happen to him.

 
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Clint Barmes and his venison

Clint Barmes and his venison
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In 2005, Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes fell down a flight of stairs carrying venison meat. The incident left Barmes with a broken collarbone. That better have been some tasty venison.

 
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Wade Boggs attempts to put on cowboy boots

Wade Boggs attempts to put on cowboy boots
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Red Sox third basemen Wade Boggs injured his ribs in 1986 trying to put on a pair of cowboy boots. If you’ve ever tried to put on cowboys boots, you understand.

 
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Matt Bonner needs a smaller phone

Matt Bonner needs a smaller phone
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In 2015, Spurs center Matt Bonner developed tennis elbow, blaming his new smartphone for being than his old one. We can only imagine the look on coach Gregg Popovich’s face when Bonner told him of the injury.

 
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Orlando Brown takes a flag to the eye

Orlando Brown takes a flag to the eye
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In typical Browns’ luck, Cleveland lineman Orlando Brown took a flag in the eye from a referee in a 1999 NFL game. This injury left Brown partially blind in the afflicted eye.

 
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Plaxico Burress shoots himself in the foot (well, leg)

Plaxico Burress shoots himself in the foot (well, leg)
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Super Bowl champion wide receiver Plaxico Burress essentially ended his NFL career in 2008, when a firearm he was carry discharged in a New York nightclub. Burress had accidentally shot himself in the leg. Because New York City has such strict gun laws, Burress was forced to serve jail time for the incident. In the end, one bullet to his own thigh cost Plaxico Burress two years of his career.

 
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Matt Cain eats a sandwich

Matt Cain eats a sandwich
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In May 2014, Giants starter Matt Cain was placed on the DL after he sliced his index finger attempting to make a ham and cheese sandwich. Can’t these athletes just pay for a personal chef?

 
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Santiago Canizares just wants to smell nice

Santiago Canizares just wants to smell nice
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Former Spanish international goalkeeper Santiago Canizares cut a tendon in his big toe in 2002 when a bottle of cologne broke into shards of glass on his foot. The injury forced Canizares to miss the 2002 World Cup.

 
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Marty Cordova and the tanning bed

Marty Cordova and the tanning bed
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Former outfielder Marty Cordova had a decent career in the Majors. Unfortunately for Cordova, most baseball fans remember him as the player who fell asleep in a tanning bed, causing burns on his body that forced him to miss playing time.

 
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Adam Eaton and that tricky plastic wrap

Adam Eaton and that tricky plastic wrap
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The plastic wrap that comes with a new DVD is pretty darn annoying to take off, but White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton got a little too frustrated with it. Eaton accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife trying to open up a movie to put in his new Blu-ray player.

 
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Pervis Ellison picks up a table

Pervis Ellison picks up a table
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Often injured throughout his NBA career, Pervis Ellison’s most embarrassing injury came when he tried to carry a table. It was ironic to say the least, as Ellison was the player who carried Louisville to the 1989 NCAA National Championship.

 
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Darren Fletcher and the toilet stall door

Darren Fletcher and the toilet stall door
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The Manchester United midfielder suffered a concussion in 2008 when he was hit in the face with door of a toilet stall. Despite this ridiculous injury to one of its key players, Man U was still able to win the Premier League.

 
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Gus Frerotte's headbang

Gus Frerotte's headbang
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After running for a touchdown against the Giants in 1997, Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte celebrated by smashing his head against a wall. Frerotte was sent to the hospital with a concussion.

 
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Tom Glavine eats bad airplane food

Tom Glavine eats bad airplane food
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Nobody likes airplane food, and that rule of life applies in particular to former Braves great Tom Glavine. In 1992, the Atlanta ace spent time on the DL after breaking several ribs when he became violently sick from some in-flight cuisine.

 
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Bill Gramatica's celebration fail

Bill Gramatica's celebration fail
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After making a field goal in a game against the Giants, Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica leaped up into the air in celebration. When he came back to Earth, Gramatica landed with a torn ACL.

 
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Chris Hanson swings an ax

Chris Hanson swings an ax
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Punters and kickers in the NFL are just supposed to keep quiet and do their jobs. Former Jaguars punter Chris Hanson felt that custom didn’t apply to him. In 2003, he injured his leg swinging an ax in the Jags locker room. As to why he was swinging the ax in the first place, apparently a pep talk from then coach Jack Del Rio got Hanson hyped up.

 
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Glenallen Hill has a nightmare

Glenallen Hill has a nightmare
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No one likes nightmares, and almost no one likes spiders. Well, when former Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners outfielder Glenallen Hill had a nightmare about spiders in 1990, he jumped out of bed and crashed through a glass table. Hill suffered several severe cuts form the incident.

 
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Brandon Inge and a pillow

Brandon Inge and a pillow
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Former Tigers third basemen Brandon Inge strained his oblique in 2008 fluffing his daughter’s pillow. At the very least, it sounds like Inge is a good parent.

 
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Kevin Mitchell and the frozen doughnut

Kevin Mitchell and the frozen doughnut
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The 1989 NL MVP, former Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell missed part of spring training one season after he chipped a tooth trying to eat a frozen doughnut. The broken tooth developed into a nasty infection.

 
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Dustin Penner likes his pancakes

Dustin Penner likes his pancakes
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Who in this world doesn’t love pancakes? Well, former Ducks and Kings forward Dustin Penner should have been a bit more careful while eating the delicious breakfast in 2012. Penner apparently strained his back eating a stack, putting him on the shelf for several games.

 
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Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates the Fourth of July

Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates the Fourth of July
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost several of his fingers this past Fourth of July in an accident lighting fireworks. Pierre-Paul is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

 
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Mariano Rivera shagging fly balls

Mariano Rivera shagging fly balls
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One of the greatest pitchers in MLB history, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera suffered a torn ACL while simply shagging fly balls in 2012. Fortunately for Yankees fans, Rivera would make a full recovery and have a successful final season with the team in 2013.

 
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Derrick Roses attempts to slice and apple

Derrick Roses attempts to slice and apple
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Even before Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose’s body began to deteriorate, the signs were there. In 2008, Rose accidentally cut his arm open attempting to slice up an apple in bed. Just what kind of knife exactly was Rose using?

 
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David Seaman reaches for the remote

David Seaman reaches for the remote
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Former England international goalkeeper David Seaman broke a bone reaching for his television remote. Not even ESPN’s Sports Science is capable of explaining this injury.

 
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Lionel Simmons plays too much Gameboy

Lionel Simmons plays too much Gameboy
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In 1991, Kings rookie Lionel Simmons was forced to miss playing time after he developed tendonitis in both of thumbs form playing too much Nintendo Gameboy. In his defense, Super Mario is an incredibly fun game.

 
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Sammy Sosa sneezes too hard

Sammy Sosa sneezes too hard
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Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa found himself on the disabled list in 2004 after an aggressive sneeze caused the Chicago star to strain a ligament in his lower back. Still, with 609 career home runs, Sosa will be remembered for other reasons.

 
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Amar'e Stoudemire and the fire hydrant

Amar'e Stoudemire and the fire hydrant
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After a frustrating playoff loss, former Knicks and current Miami Heat power forward Amar’e Stoudemire took his frustrations out on a logical enemy. Stoudemire punched a fire hydrant, cut his hand and was forced to miss the Knicks' next game. But you should’ve seen the fire hydrant.

 
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Darius Vassell and the power drill

Darius Vassell and the power drill
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As a general rule, power drills and body parts are not a good combination. In 2002, Aston Villa forward Darius Vassell attempted to pop a blister on one of his toes with a power drill. Vassell developed a toe infection and missed playing time.

 
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Joel Zumaya plays too much Guitar Hero

Joel Zumaya plays too much Guitar Hero
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Former Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya missed several playoff games after his right wrist became inflamed from playing too much guitar hero. To be fair, “Carry on My Wayward Son” can do that to someone.

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