Unfortunately, one college football player was literally trucked before the season.
Dom Cosentino of Deadspin spotted one of the most peculiar injuries to start the year. According to Pete Wallner of the Grand Rapids Press, Grand Valley State (Allendale, Mich.) defensive lineman Isiah Dunning will miss four to six weeks after being hit with a truck driven by one of his teammates.
You hear of coaches wanting to skirt injuries before games begin, but there is no way Matt Mitchell could sidestep this freak accident involving a couple of his players.
Dunning was apparently walking along a road where Zach Jolly, a redshirt freshman offensive tackle, was driving.
According to the report, Jolly tried to get out of the way of another vehicle coming down the opposite direction of the service road.
At that same time, Dunning walked onto the road and Jolly hit him going five miles per hour.
Mitchell, the Lakers coach, explained the situation:
Very bizarre situation,” Lakers coach Matt Mitchell said. “Frustrating. Very frustrating for everyone.”
“Isiah was walking along the grass, stepped out from the curb and Zach Jolly, one of our guys, struck him with a pickup truck,” Mitchell said. “EMS was called and, it was kind of bad at the time, but after the X-rays and CAT scans, it was nothing life-threatening. But he will be out four to six weeks and that’s very tough."
Dunning, who has a dislocated shoulder, explains exactly how he was injured.
“It was just one of those things that happens out of nowhere; I was just hit and was falling toward the ground,” Dunning said. “My face was falling toward the curb and I put my right arm out to break my fall and that’s when my shoulder dislocated.”
It's a scary situation, but Dunning isn't placing blame on anyone. Jolly must feel awful about an accident that is just that, a horrible set of circumstances.
A police official stated there was no fault assessed in the collision. More importantly, Dunning is quite adamant that it's just a freak occurrence.
“I know it wasn’t intentional. I know Jolly. He’s a good guy. It was an accident, and things happen. But there really wasn’t much to say beyond that.
“There’s a reason things happen and I’m just working to get back as soon as I can.”
Here's to hoping Dunning is back shortly and Jolly doesn't hang his head over the incident. Still, this has to go down as the most random injury of a very young season.
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