What’s the weirdest injury you’ve ever had?
Whatever it is, Barry Church has just blown it out of the water and into low orbit.
In one of the stranger injuries in recent memory, the Dallas Cowboys safety missed practice earlier this week due to a Jolly Rancher-related incident.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Church underwent an emergency root canal on Monday to treat a chipped tooth he incurred while chewing on a cherry Jolly Rancher.
Barry church missed practice because of a cherry jolly rancher .. Seriously .. Chipped tooth and needed root canal ...that's a first— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) July 30, 2013
The initial injury to this tooth occurred “about a week before practice,” according to Church, and he rushed to the dentist after waking up to “unbearable” pain in his mouth on Monday morning.
The procedure caused Church to miss out on a full day of training camp practices as well as a team walkthrough.
The safety said he caught “a couple of zingers” after returning to the team, which is natural considering Church missed 13 weeks last season with a torn Achilles tendon, and now he’s getting sidelined by fruit-flavored hard candies.
The Internet also found the incident hilarious, and the jokes started rolling as the news broke.
@nickeatman "Church - Doubtful (Gobstopper)"— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) July 30, 2013
@robphillips3 need him NOW not later— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) July 30, 2013
While we’re discussing Cowboys injuries, perhaps it’s time to project some potential strange injuries the team could face this year.
- Tony Romo: strained groin (Zumba)
- Miles Austin: mouth lacerations (bit tongue with vampire teeth)
- Jerry Jones: paper cut (wiped tears with legal tender)
We’ll see if any of those pan out, but it’s safe to say the Cowboys are already on their way to another rollicking Cowboys-ish season.
On Twitter, trying not to strain an index finger.