Every now and then, there are some brutal injuries in football. Cameras catch a majority of the brutal injuries, but from time to time things slip through. Luckily, we didn’t get a close up look at the finger of Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson, who suffered a gruesome injury during Sunday afternoon’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
When Johnson made his way to the sideline, he took off his glove and saw something that had to immediately put him in shock.
Johnson’s hand didn’t come out of the glove in one piece, because part of his middle finger stayed inside of the glove. He needed to undergo surgery on Sunday night to shave down the bone to his knuckle. Ouch.
From Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic:
S rashad Johnson lost top of right middle finger Sunday. Took glove off and finger was still in
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 23, 2013
It is hard to imagine the pain or shock of realizing what you just witnessed, so we can’t even think about how Johnson must have felt.
As for a return to the field, Johnson will have to continue being evaluated as the team plans to wait and see how his finger responds to the surgery and they want to be certain that he avoids any infection.