When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll listed his team’s injuries following Thursday night’s game against the Raiders, he had a strange one to mention.
Carroll said defensive lineman Red Bryant broke one of his teeth during a celebration after the Seahawks’ defense scored two points on a safety by tackling Raiders running back Mike Goodson in the end zone.
“I hate to report that Red chipped a tooth during the sideline celebration after Jaye Howard’s safety,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “So he’ll be getting a little dental work on that tomorrow. I think it was on the top, I don’t know.”
Bryant is far from the first NFL player to suffer an injury while celebrating. Vontae Davis, the cornerback recently traded from the Dolphins to the Colts, once had to leave a game after delivering a big hit — not because the collision hurt him, but because he twisted his neck awkwardly while celebrating. Former Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica infamously blew out his knee while celebrating a field goal. Former Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte once hurt his neck by head-butting a wall to celebrate a touchdown. Former Lions return man Desmond Howard suffered a neck injury when teammate Robert Porcher smacked him upside the head in celebration of a 70-yard kickoff return.
So Bryant is in good company. Or bad company.