In the latest reminder that the injuries athletes play through are much more painful than they sound, Atlanta Falcons defensive back Thomas DeCoud revealed that he played two playoff games with a badly injured finger.
He tweeted out this x-ray yesterday with the caption, “Been playing with my finger like this since we played Tampa at home…Surgery tomorrow…wish ya boy luck ha.”
That Tampa game happened about a month ago. This is how it looked yesterday:
We’re not medical doctors, but this looks either dislocated or straight-up broken:
Fingers are some of the most oft-injured body parts for players, especially wide receivers and DBs. We’ve seen players — like Torry Holt (below) — develop permanently mangles fingers from playing football.
It’s a nasty side to the game that you ever hear about:
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