5 Gruesome Sports Injuries

Prayers continue to go out to Louisville’s Kevin Ware, who was discharged from an Indianapolis hospital on Tuesday, just two days after what will probably go down as one of the most gruesome sports injuries to ever be witnessed on live television.

Ware tweeted a photo of himself, standing (with the support of some crutches) next to a physical therapist from the hospital before leaving.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock–or just have not a care in the world about all things sports (which if that’s the case, I’m not entirely sure why you’d be reading this blog right now…)–you’ve probably heard about, or have seen, the guard’s horrendous injury in his team’s Elite 8 game against the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday night.

If you haven’t, and you have the stomach for it, here’s a video of Ware’s injury, and five others that make me cringe.

(WARNING: The following videos contain graphic content. It’s recommended that you stop reading if any of the following apply: you’re a squeamish individual; you can’t handle witnessing someone suffering from a severe paper cut, let alone a double compound open fracture; you’ve just eaten; you plan on eating in the next two to three hours; you pass out easily; or if you’re a hypochondriac. If none of these things apply, and you still are willing to go through with this, all’s I can say is enjoy the show, you sick freak.)

Kevin Ware’s injury vs. Duke

First, for those who’ve yet to see it and those willing to watch it again, the injury this list is in honor(?) of.

That’s a tough one to watch, and the reaction of the players, fans, coaches, and announcers is just devastating.

Here are five more horrific sports injuries.

#5. Joe Theismann’s Career Ending Injury

The former Washington Redskin’s quarterback, perhaps unfortunately, was sought for far too many comments over the last few days as media outlets throughout the country wanted to get his reaction to Kevin Ware’s injury. They all seemed to want to make the connection to his injury which occurred nearly 30 years ago.

Lawrence Taylor’s hit doesn’t look all that bad from the original angle, but LT’s immediate reaction let’s the viewer know just how wrong things went. And the rest, as they say, is history.

#4. Marcus Lattimore’s Devastating Knee Injury

The South Carolina running back was a breakout star in his freshman year and shot to the top of many scouts lists as he worked his way towards draft eligibility. But two terrible knee injuries put all of that in jeopardy. Despite how rough the more recent one looks, he is expected to fully recover and be taken at some point in this month’s NFL Draft.

#3. Shaun Livingston Blows His Knee Apart

This is like RGIII’s injury in the playoffs on steroids.

After what seemed to be a promising start to his career as a Los Angeles Clippers, a missed layup and an awkward landing in a 2007 game against the Charlotte Bobcats derailed all of that. Livingston essentially demolished his left knee, dislocating his knee cap, patella, and tibia-femoral joint, tearing the ACL, PCL, and lateral meniscus, and severely spraining his MCL. A doctor initially told him it was possible that he’d have to have the leg amputated.

Livingston has fought his way back though and is currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

#2. Tyrone Prothro Snaps Everything in His Leg

In a 2005 blowout win over the Florida Gators, Prothro suffered an injury similar to Theismann and Ware–a complete break of both major bones (tibia and fibula) in his lower left leg. Despite a great deal of rehab and several attempts to get back on the field, Prothro was unable to resume his career.

#1. Clint Malarchuk’s Neck Gets Cut By a Skate

This one makes makes my stomach flip.

When two skaters got tangled in a game between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues in 1989, they go flying into Malarchuk’s net and one of the blades catches the goalie in the neck and severs his carotid artery. Blood sprayed on the ice immediately.

Malarchuk recently told ESPN that he knew in his mind that he was going to die. He knew his mother was watching the game, and all he wanted to do was get off the ice and away from the cameras. He asked an equipment manager to call his mother and tell her he loved her, and he asked for a priest.

Jim Pizzutelli, the Sabres’ team trainer and a former Army medic, saved Malarchuk’s life by reaching into the wound and pinching the artery off to stop the bleeding.

Have any other insanely gross sports injury videos you’d like to share? Put them in the comments.

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