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.