Losing things is a bummer. There are some items that just seem to wander of more often than others. Keys, remote controls, socks, cellphones, etc. are all examples of things that can go missing, at least temporarily, on a weekly if not daily basis. Then there are more life-altering losses. Losing a wallet or a purse can be a truly miserable experience, especially if they are never found or returned. Losing an unsaved, nearly-complete essay to a crashed computer is just about the worst thing that can happen to a human being. However, there is another thing that when lost provides the owner with a horrible and extremely painful experience; a finger.
Sunday, Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson lost part of his middle finger during the Cardinals game against the Saints. Apparently the incident occurred when Johnson made a routine tackle on Saints RB Darren Sproles during a punt return. Immediately after the tackle Johnson, feeling a massive amount of pain, ran to the team doctors on the sideline. They took his glove off to examine the source of the pain, and when they did they noticed that part of his middle finger remained in the glove. His bone was exposed, and naturally there was quite a bit of blood. He was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. The bone was filed down, and he was stitched up. Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians described the crime scene as a “little tip with stitches.” Gross, Bruce. Gross.
When I first heard about Johnson’s plight, I was immediately reminded of another classic tale of digit-loss in the NFL. Back in 1985 some guy named Ronnie Lott badly injured his pinky finger while making a tackle in a game against the Cowboys. The damage to the finger left it mangled in such a way that parts of his flesh and bones were never found on the turf. Lott played in a few more games to finish out the season with the injury untreated. Immediately following the season doctors proposed that Lott have reconstructive surgery. They planned to take skin and bone grafts from other extremities and recreate a pinky finger. However, Lott refused to go the surgery route because he wouldn’t have been ready for the next season. So to recap, Ronnie Lott had a finger mutilated so badly that it was unrecognizable. In order to not to miss a single game he played a few more weeks in agonizing pain with it simply taped up. Then he opted to just have it removed instead of repaired because, again, missing games was not an option. I don’t care if it was his pinky. That is tough.
We here at TQB Blog wish Rashad Johnson all the best in his recovery. Hopefully he will be back on the field soon. He can now say that he has something in common with Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott which is definitely a good thing. Unfortunately, his finger tip wasn’t the only thing he lost Sunday. The Cardinals lost the game as well and are currently 1-2.