Last year, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo reportedly passed out in the shower after a game.
This year, a Broncos player had a mishap in the locker room floor before a game.
Linebacker Spencer Larsen, a sixth-round draft pick in 2008, reportedly slipped and fell on a wet spot on the floor. Larsen has a shoulder injury, and he’ll miss a “few weeks.”
The Associated Press surmises that Larsen suffered the injury less than 90 minutes before kickoff, because Larsen wasn’t on the list of inactive players for the Week One game at Cincinnati.
Coach Josh McDaniels said that the injury wasn’t the result of horseplay. (And since NFL head coaches always tell the truth, we believe it.)
It’s still not the weirdest locker-room mishap in NFL history. That distinction will forever go to former Jaguars kicker Chris Hanson, who suffered a season-ending injury when he hacked his own leg with an ax that coach Jack Del Rio left in the dressing room with a tree stump, as a visual aid for Del Rio’s “keep choppin’ wood” motto.
So until a guy does something completely idiotic like shoot himself in the leg in the locker room, Hanson will hold the top spot in the NFL’s version of the Darwin Awards.
In other words, he’ll be down to No. 2 within the next few years.