Phillies reliever Ryan Madson recently found himself on the Disabled List after he kicked a metal chair following a blown save. Injuries caused by dumb reasons are nothing new to the sports world. They’re often embarrassing, and athletes have a hard time living them down. Here’s a look at some of Madson’s predecessors on the dumb injury list.
1. Bill Gramatica
As if NFL kickers weren’t the butt of the joke enough already, Arizona kicker Bill Gramatica opened up a whole new era of jokes at the expense of kickers. In a December 2001 game against the New York Giants, Gramatica kicked a first-half field goal. Perhaps excited by a rare bright moment for the hapless Cardinals, Gramatica leaped up and down in excitement, promptly tearing his ACL. Gramatica never amounted to much as a kicker, and why he was celebrating a first-half field goal with such zest remains a mystery.
2. Kevin Mitchell
Mitchell played for several baseball teams, and had a fairly decent career, even winning the MVP one year. But Mitchell also had a couple of the more ridiculous injuries. One time he chipped a tooth after biting in to a hard donut, leading him to miss part of spring training. He also strained his abdomen after vomitting, which landed him on the Disabled List. That makes a double dip for Kevin Mitchell in the dumb injuries list.
3. Gus Frerotte
Frerotte had a lengthy career as a journeyman NFL quarterback. But in 1997, Frerotte had what might have been his best known moment when he rammed his head in to the cement wall at the back of the end zone. As a result Frerotte missed a key stretch in the game, which resulted in a 7-7 tie against the New York Giants.
4. Adam Eaton
Eaton was reviled as a bust free agent pitcher in Philadelphia. Long before that though he made a name for himself in San Diego. In 2001, the then Padres pitcher stabbed himself in the hand whlie opening a DVD, forcing him to miss some time. Somehow Eaton’s career carried on in the majors for many more years.
5. Marty Cordova
Cordova, an outfielder who had a pretty forgettable career with a few MLB teams, lands on this list as a result of sunburn. But it wasn’t regular sunburn. Cordova got sunburned as a result of visiting a tanning salon, leading him to miss a game for one of the dumbest reasons in the history of sports.
6. Joel Zumuya
This injury is doubly bad given its timing. The Detroit Tigers pitcher missed part of the 2006 ALCS because of a sore wrist and forearm that he obtained as a result of playing the popular video game Guitar Hero. Fortunately for Zumuya, the Tigers won despite him and he returned for the World Series, which Detroit lost.
7. Glenallen Hill
Another baseball player who’s famous for the wrong reasons, Glenallen Hill missed a stretch of games from sustaining cuts and bruises. How did he get them? He had a dream that he was covered with spiders, which lead him to jump out of bed, break a glass table, and fall down a flight of strairs.
8. Lionel Simmons
Before Zumuya suffered a video game related injury, Sacramento Kings guard Simmons missed a few games as a rookie in 1991 because he was playing too much GameBoy. The popular handheld game lead Simmons to acquire tendonitis in his wrists.
9. Ryan Klesko
Klesko had a few average years in the major leagues. In 1999, while playing with the Atlanta Braves, Klesko surffered an injury that led him to miss a few games during the season. His injury was sustained while picking up his lunch tray, leading him to throw out his back.
10. Turk Edwards
This one happened ages ago. Edwards had a Hall of Fame career as an offensive lineman with the Redskins. But that stellar career ended early in 1940 when Edwards suffered a retirement-forcing injury during the coin toss. While walking back to the bench, his cleat got caught in the turf forcing an injury to his knee, and that was all she wrote on his career.