Thomas Morstead plays through rib injury, impressing Vikings fans

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Thomas Morstead tore cartilage in his ribs while making a tackle early in the first quarter. The Saints punter was in obvious pain on his final three punts, though he had kicks of 56 and 54 yards after the injury and a pain-killing injection.

“It was pretty simple in my mind: ‘This is either gonna be a really good punt or a really bad punt. Either way it’s gonna hurt like hell,'” Morstead said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN. “So I might as well try to make it as good as I could.

“My ego was shot a little bit when they said my ribs weren’t broken, which would have sounded cooler. But the doc was like, ‘Hey, don’t worry. It hurts just as bad.’”

Vikings fans apparently were impressed with Morstead’s gutsy performance. He said his “What You Give Will Grow” foundation received hundreds of donations from Minnesota.

“It’s very cool,” said Morstead, who joked, “I wish they were all bitter today because we had won. But it’s nice to see people doing nice things.”

21 responses to “Thomas Morstead plays through rib injury, impressing Vikings fans

  1. I was impressed with all the players ( which included Morstead) who came back for the kneel down at the end after the touchdown. Having your season end that way and having to go back out for one meaningless play must have been very difficult — hats off to them for doing it.

  2. Tough kid! I can say from personal experiences (yes plural), with a rib injury, simple things like; getting in or out of a chair, pouring a cup of coffee, or… just taking a shallow breath can be extremely painful. It was painful for me to watch him on tv. Kickers take a lot of crap but you sir, get applause from me.

  3. dcviking says:
    January 16, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    I was impressed with all the players ( which included Morstead) who came back for the kneel down at the end after the touchdown. Having your season end that way and having to go back out for one meaningless play must have been very difficult — hats off to them for doing it.

    +++++

    I’d forgotten about that. Great point!

  4. There wasn’t many guys who came back on the field for the kneel down. I think there was only 8 or 9 guys that came back out for the kneel down. And Morestead was one of them. Along with atleast one offensive lineman. Even their crummy coach wouldn’t come back out. I suppose he didn’t want to see keenum leading the Skol chant in his face!

  5. Watching Cam Newton’s “injuries” during losing games has me too cynical. I thought he was milking it. Changed my mind when he came out for the pat and shook everyone’s hand like a gentleman.

  6. I played a whole season as the 2nd player off the bench (1st was a guard/I was front 3) with a torn cartilage between my rib cage. I hit the corner of the pull out bleachers, just right.

    You wear this girdle thing. Hurts to breathe and takes about a month. I’m surprised they didn’t have that girdle thing. I’m sure they taped it up so he could breathe. Was up there in PIA injuries, over the years.

  7. Both teams should be proud of how they played; the Saints did an excellent job with second half adjustments. The NFL would be well served having these two teams in the Super Bowl (know it cannot happen).

    Hopefully the cheaters from New England will get disrespected by the Jaguars.

    I do believe in Miracles.

  8. “I was impressed with all the players ( which included Morstead) who came back for the kneel down at the end after the touchdown. Having your season end that way and having to go back out for one meaningless play must have been very difficult — hats off to them for doing it.”

    Yeah totally agree, that had to suck for them. But why the NFL even forces a team to take a PAT on a walk off TD with zeroes on the clock is beyond me. Unless the score is tight enough where blocking a kick and returning it the other way for a 2 pt conversion would impact a tie or a win, then why even bother? Teams are just gonna kneel on it if the game is already decided either way, and nobody ever seems to know that it’s required. Just a giant waste of time.

  9. Ya gotta love a story like this. I’m guessing Morestead jersey sales will be on the rise. I kind of hate that punters and kickers get so little respect. Some of these guys are pretty “out there” and tough.

    For what it’s worth (or not worth) Ron Wolf said the biggest mistake he ever made was letting Craig Hentrich get away (over money). Hentrich spent 4 great seasons with the Packers… and 12 or 13 more great, if not greater, seasons with Tennessee, who was more than happy to pay him. Best punter I ever saw.

  10. Sounds like a class guy. That was big of Minnesota fans to give to his foundation! But what a performance. Brady would have melted with that injury! Good luck Vikings, we’re counting on you to beat NE! And I hope your concussed safety gets back soon!

  11. halfcentaur says:
    January 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    But why the NFL even forces a team to take a PAT on a walk off TD with zeroes on the clock is beyond me. Unless the score is tight enough where blocking a kick and returning it the other way for a 2 pt conversion would impact a tie or a win, then why even bother? Teams are just gonna kneel on it if the game is already decided either way, and nobody ever seems to know that it’s required. Just a giant waste of time.

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    The justification for having to try the PAT is for any potential tiebreakers (i.e. when it comes to total points scored in a season), but that only makes sense for the regular season (to determine playoff seedings or division winners). For the playoffs, that rule should not be in place, because obviously tiebreakers are not needed once the playoffs start.

  12. The spread on the game was Vikings -5.5 at most of the sports books in Vegas. That conversion meant quite a bit.

  13. I tore cartilage in my ribs. It hurts on every inhale and exhale.

    I’ve broken bones that didn’t hurt half as much. I can’t believe he was able to kick a football in those conditions. Just, damn dude; appropes. – Pam Poovey

  14. He showed he’s tougher than a LOT of other NFL players that would be sitting if they were just bruised. On top of that, he was one of the few that came out to line up for the final kneel down, and gave respect to the Vikings players.

    He’s got my respect.

  15. For the playoffs, that rule should not be in place, because obviously tiebreakers are not needed once the playoffs start.

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    At this point in the playoffs yes, but they reseed after the wild card/divisional round so it can matter early in the playoffs.

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