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10 baffling off-the-field sports injuries

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Redskins punter Brandon Banks was stabbed early Saturday morning outside a D.C. nightclub. Perhaps a fight over the team's performance last season? Nope. According to reports, the incident stemmed from a fashion fax paus--the trouble may have started over some comments about the stabbing suspect wearing white after Labor Day. Turns out that a football player getting stabbed over wardrobe insults isn't too strange in the larger picture of off-the-field injuries. A collection of professional athletes who managed to damage themselves in creative fashion.

  1. Adam Eaton, San Diego Padres, 2001

    Tried to remove plastic packaging from a new DVD with a knife and stabbed himself in the stomach.

  2. Brett Barberie, Florida Marlins, 1995

    Cut up some chili peppers while making nachos with teammate Rich Renteria, didn’t get the chili oil off his hands, and touched his eyes. He had to toss his contacts and missed the game that day.

  3. Chris Hanson, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2003

    Swung an ax into his own leg while trying to chop a bit of wood his coach had set up in the locker room.

  4. Clint Barmes, Colorado Rockies, 2005

    Was moving a package of deer meat when he fell and broke his collarbone. Barmes initially said that he was carrying groceries but later changed his story, saying that the meat was from teammate Todd Helton and he hadn’t wanted to get Helton involved.

  5. Erik Johnson, St. Louis Blues, 2008

    Tore two ligaments in his knee during a golf-cart mishap in September; was out the rest of the season.

  6. Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns, 1994

    Rubbed lotion in his eyes while attending an Eric Clapton concert. His burned corneas required him to wear patches on both eyes and miss the Suns’ opening game.

  7. Glenallen Hill, Toronto Blue Jays, 1990

    Hill, who suffers from arachnophobia, dreamed he was being chased by spiders and began sleepwalking. He cut his foot on a glass table and fell down a flight of stairs.

  8. Glenn Healy, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2000

    Sliced his hand open while fixing his bagpipes.

  9. Joel Zumaya, Detroit Tigers, 2006

    Missed three games during the American League Championship Series after excessive Guitar Hero-playing caused inflammation in his throwing wrist and forearm.

  10. Marty Cordova, Baltimore Orioles, 2002

    Fell asleep in a tanning bed and had to miss playing time on account of his severe sunburn.

  11. Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs, 2004

    Walked into a clubhouse, sneezed twice, and threw his back out.


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  1. Robert Valente Robert Valente

    Robert Valente

    Feb 14, 2011 - 02:17:09 PM

    I bet there is more to the Barkley story than meets the eye - like, for example, the method of application of the substance to Sir Charles' face . . .

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  2. danielvictor danielvictor

    Daniel Victor

    Feb 14, 2011 - 10:34:43 AM

    Who uses a knife to open a DVD? It's not THAT hard.

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    • Jenny Rogers

      Jenny Rogers

      Feb 14, 2011 - 11:05:35 AM

      It's sort of hard, Dan

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