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Cowboys lineman drops 325 pounds on chest, lives


Cowboys coach Jason Garrett described backup offensive lineman Darrion Weems as “day-to-day.”

To be honest, Weems might be fortunate to have today.

According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Weems is expected to miss some practice time after dropping a 325-pound bar on his chest in the weight room.

“He was lifting weights, and he dropped the 325-pound bench press bar on his chest,” Garrett said. “So that’s what he is dealing with right now. He has a thumb issue where he can’t put his thumb around the bar, so it’s kind of an open hand and the thing just kind of rolled off on him. So that’s the issue there. We will see how he is day to day. We don’t think he is going to practice today.”

Putting aside the question of the wisdom of asking a man with one good hand to lift 325 pounds with both of them, Garrett seemed hopeful that Weems would return.

“I’ve certainly seen it before in the weight room,” Garrett said. “Sometimes that happens or sometimes they have to throw the weight off of one side or throw the weight off the other side or whatever.

“We think he’s going to be back, but I’m sure it’s pretty painful.”

Remember this the next time you’re looking for a football coach to offer a medical  opinion. Having the equivalent of an NFL lineman dropped onto a small area of sternum is enough to get them to acknowledge that it might hurt.

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41 Responses to “Cowboys lineman drops 325 pounds on chest, lives”
  1. betterandbetterthan says: Aug 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    It’s not like it was a 325 pound spike. Not news.

  2. mrhornitos says: Aug 12, 2013 4:55 PM


  3. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    Garrett didn’t think it was unusual for this to happen.

    “Linemen don’t have opposable thumbs, generally, so those bars are always rolling off the hands…”.

  4. tonyugoh says: Aug 12, 2013 4:57 PM

    At least he didn’t Stafon Johnson it, glad he’s okay tho

  5. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    Doesn’t Jerruh employ spotters?

  6. natelan69 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    They should have some sort of emergency brake on those things, like with car seat belts, when you pull them too fast, they stop… But pull them slowly, and they move freely.

  7. tjacks7 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:02 PM

    Do the cowboys have trainers? They’re letting a guy lift 325 pounds who can’t even grip the bar with one hand?

  8. ingraven says: Aug 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    that sucks.

  9. JSpicoli says: Aug 12, 2013 5:04 PM

    It would be different if he was 5’8″ 162

  10. mikealstott says: Aug 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    What a wus… Only 325? I warm up with that!

  11. camdenyard says: Aug 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    Don’t they use spotters anymore?

  12. azvikefan says: Aug 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    Time for the NFL to ban weights in training rooms.

  13. cocheese000 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    there is a video on the web of a russian dude dropping 405 on his chest. crushed his aorta and he ended up dying

  14. bittersmuggs says: Aug 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    Colleen Dominguez suspects that the bad Brody from Homeland is behind this incident.

  15. anicra says: Aug 12, 2013 5:15 PM

    Guess we know why the Cowboys have been so bad, they cannot even do the basics.

  16. cospgsmadman says: Aug 12, 2013 5:22 PM

    I can bench 325 pounds, but still,…nobody likes me

  17. thebadguyswon says: Aug 12, 2013 5:24 PM

    Ahm….not sure you should lift if you can’t grip the bar.

  18. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    For those of you asking if they employ spotters, for an NFL lineman, that is not a weight where you need somebody spotting you. Those are endurance reps for them, not max reps. If you have, ecspecially now, 10 lineman working out in the weight room, plus other players, you cannot possibly have a spotter at every piece of equipment. I’d say the onus is on the player himself. If you are having trouble gripping the bar, ask for a spotter or do a diffrent workout while rehabing. The Cowboys trainers can’t possibly be blamed for the blatant lack of common sense on the part of these athletes. Also, let me ask you a question, have you ever tried to catch 325 falling lbs? I don’t care who you are, you aren’t preventing injury there, spotter or not. Just glad he’s ok.

  19. swaggyy says: Aug 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    I bench double that boy!- Larry Allen

  20. justintuckrule says: Aug 12, 2013 5:38 PM

    For the first time ever, it doesn’t sound like Garrett put that lineman “in the best position to succeed”.

  21. natijim235 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:39 PM

    not a laughing matter but is he really better off playing for the cowboys?

  22. nfl4days says: Aug 12, 2013 5:39 PM

    Have you heard of spotters? Man is lifting 325 open handed and nobody is spotting him? Bunch of brain surgeons down in Dallas.

  23. romoscollarbone says: Aug 12, 2013 5:43 PM

    I second rabidbillsfan’s comments.

    Also a lot of guys bench with their thumbs behind the bar. I’ve heard that if you flip your thumb behind it works your tri-ceps. I’m not sure if that’s the case. But I know a handful of guys that don’t wrap their thumb around the bar.

    That being said. He’s definitely lucky to have escaped any truly crippling injury.

  24. goldrush36 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    mikealstott says: Aug 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    What a wus… Only 325? I warm up with that!

    They are talking about pounds not ounces

  25. redbirdsrising says: Aug 12, 2013 5:50 PM

    Spotter wouldn’t have helped, the bar dead dropped from his hands, spotter isn’t going to catch that.

    Though they do have bench setups with rails, seen them at my Gym. Probably would have been useful in this situation. Hindsight is 20/20 though.

  26. 64post says: Aug 12, 2013 5:51 PM

    cocheese000 says:
    Aug 12, 2013 5:13 PM
    there is a video on the web of a russian dude dropping 405 on his chest. crushed his aorta and he ended up dying
    Ripped aorta away from the heart, you then bleed to death internally sometimes within minutes. Saw it happen to a friend on a motorcycle ride.

  27. blackbug99 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:57 PM

    He’s gotta find a lighter lady!!

  28. geniusesq says: Aug 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    If your thumb can’t close around the bar, then don’t use the bar.



  29. thetooloftools says: Aug 12, 2013 6:08 PM

    Yea… because it’s always smart to have a player with HAND issues working with free weights.

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 6:55 PM

    It’s like every week they find a new way to get injured on the Cowboys squad. Weems is a back up offensive tackle and his play was slightly better than Coughlan the other backup.

    With Parnell being out with an injury, they just got more slim at tackle. Hope Weems is OK.

  31. drunkwino says: Aug 12, 2013 7:07 PM

    Maybe he needed a spotter to spot his hand not working.

  32. j0esixpack says: Aug 12, 2013 7:19 PM

    Rex Ryan walked around with more than that for a decade

  33. doubleogator says: Aug 12, 2013 7:27 PM

    I hate when that happens…

  34. phlyingphucks says: Aug 12, 2013 8:01 PM

    Who was spotting him? Josh Brent?

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2013 8:39 PM

    Cowboys lineman drops 325 pounds on chest, lives to complain about it.

  36. iamthegreatcornflorio says: Aug 12, 2013 8:54 PM

    That was one neck of a Cleveland steamer!

  37. chezdigital says: Aug 12, 2013 9:01 PM

    They need to invent some sort of a smaller bar where you could load 40-45% of the weight on one and put one in each hand.

  38. thereyougo2 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:29 PM

    Cowgirls continue to get stupider from the top down. Maybe this years Eagles found their two wins, oh Andy,s team is three.

  39. blackngold4life says: Aug 12, 2013 9:32 PM

    WTH? NO training room helpers? Spotters?

  40. vegaskid21 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:02 AM


  41. diehardtwinsfan says: Aug 13, 2013 10:09 AM

    Good form doesn’t typically use the thumbs as the bar rests in the palm of your hands. That said, I’ve dropped around 250 ish. It isn’t pleasant, but you can roll it down your body pretty quick and sit up.

    Of course the real question is why in the world is a guy benching 325 without a spotter. That’s just silly.

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