Most Gruesome Injuries in Sports (With Video)

Christina De NicolaCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2010

Most Gruesome Injuries in Sports (With Video)

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    Though they're gruesome, it's hard to look away. There are awkward twists and gallons of blood to watch over and over again on replay.

    It's almost like the car accident on the side of the road that causes traffic to hit a standstill. It's so disturbing, but fills the horror quota for the day.

    It's human nature.

    Whether it be a football tackle or an ice skate blade, they're all part of the most gruesome sports injuries.

    Here's a more updated list of some of the most disturbing ones to have crossed our eyes.

Willis McGahee

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    Everyone can remember watching this over and over again during the 2003 Rose Bowl between the Miami Hurricanes and Ohio State Buckeyes.

    Willis McGahee, then a red-shirt sophomore running back for the Canes, took a direct hit to the knee from Will Allen. McGahee tore his ACL, PCL, and MCL. 

    Though he was able to recover and decided to enter the NFL Draft, he was taken with the 23rd pick by the Buffalo Bills. Before the injury, he was an automatic top-five selection.

    If the image wasn't enough to handle, get a load of the announcer's sound of dismay.

Richard Zednik

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    In 2008, Florida Panthers right winger Richard Zednik had teammate Olli Jokinen's skate blade swing up and hit the right side of his neck, nearly severing an artery.

    Jokinen had been tripped by a Buffalo Sabre when the incident took place. 

    As blood splattered across the ice, he was rushed to emergency surgery and needed five units of blood. The game, meanwhile, was delayed 20 minutes as the zamboni tried to get rid of the blood on the ice. 

    Amazing enough, he returned to play for the 2008-09 season and collected two assists in his first game.

Israel Lancho

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    Though many laugh at the comical side of bullfighting—the bullfighter running for his life as the animal chases after him—it's not always fun and games.

    In 2009, Spanish matador Israel Lancho was in critical condition after a bull gored him. 

    He suffered an eight-inch wound in his abdominal area, but the bull's horn missed his heart. Lancho was in the intensive care unit for a few days to recover.

    Less than three months later, he entered the ring again.  

EJ Henderson

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    It's usually the offensive player that suffers a horrific knee or leg injury while getting tackled, but in this instance, it was Minnesota Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson.

    Henderson was attempting to make a tackle at the same time as his teammate Jamarca Sanford, who dove and collided with Henderson's leg and broke his femur.

    When Henderson left the hospital a few days later, he had a titanium rod in his leg where his femur used to be. 

    He has made a full recovery since Week 13 of the 2009 season, and in time for this season's training camp.

Tomas Vokoun

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    Even though the Florida Panthers haven't made the NHL playoffs in a decade, they still manage to make headlines with the gruesome injuries that their players suffer.

    Here, goalie Tomas Vokoun is the recipient of teammate Keith Ballard's broken stick to the neck following a goal.

    Out of frustration, Ballard's stick hit his goalie rather than the intended post. 

    Vokoun was carted off with a severe ear laceration, but was able to travel back down to South Florida with the team. 

Stafon Johnson

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    Everyone has seen those guys at the gym lifting hundreds of pounds of weights.

    That's why it's so unsettling to hear the weightlifting story of University of Southern California tailback Stafon Johnson.

    He nearly died when the bar slipped from his hands and landed on his throat. He had a spotter with him. It took him nearly two months to be able to talk. During that time, he kept a journal of his thoughts.

    Now, more than a year later, he's in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans. 

Juan Encarnacion

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    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Juan Encarnacion, who won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003, suffered a career-ending injury in 2007.

    He was in the on deck circle when Aaron Miles fouled a ball that caught his eye. 

    Encarnacion never made a return to baseball and the Cards' medical director called it the "worst trauma I've ever seen."

    His doctor had said, at the time, that he might never fully recover his vision, which had worsened to 20/400.

Derrick Roland

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    Those on the Texas A&M bench swore they heard the bones break.

    When Aggies basketball player Derrick Roland fell to the floor, his leg bent at a nearly 90-degree angle. His sneaker looked detached from his leg. He suffered a broken tibia and fibula.

    Somehow, play continued on the opposite side of the court.

    At the moment, he is playing in the NBA Development League, hoping for his shot in the pros less than a year removed from the injury. 

Tyrone Prothro

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    Alabama Crimson Tide wide receive Tyrone Prothro suffered a broken tibia and fibula of his lower left leg against the Florida Gators in 2005, which ended his junior season.

    The play came in the end zone. The pass was initially caught, but dropped, when the injury took place. The defender received a pass interference call, but that hardly made a difference.

    Take a look at the awkward angle everything ended up in.

    Despite rehabilitation, Prothro was never able to fully recover and couldn't resume his football career. 

    In 2010, he actually served as the Grand Marshal of the homecoming game against Ole Miss. 

Tyler Colvin

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    Chicago Cubs rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin was coming home from third on a broken bat by Welington Castillo when a shard impaled him.

    It struck him in the chest and he was immediately taken to the hospital after scoring a run. He was in stable condition and had little bleeding.

    But had the puncture been a few inches in the other direction, it would've struck his heart. Colvin was treated with a test tube to prevent a collapsed lung and missed the rest of the season. 

    And still, nothing has been done about broken bats and the dangers they pose.  

Stewart Bradley

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    Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley joins the list as the most recent addition to gruesome sports injuries.

    Coming on a blitz against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Bradley got cut by a back and landed awkwardly on his right elbow, which he dislocated. He will miss the remainder of the season.

    Bradley is no stranger to serious injuries.

    He missed last season with a torn ACL. He also missed time earlier this season with a concussion

Logan Morrison

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    In a game earlier this past season, Florida Marlins rookie outfielder Logan Morrison stood in the on deck circle and awaited his turn at the plate.

    Next thing he knows, teammate Emilio Bonifacio lined a shot that caught him below his eye and gave him quite the shiner and caused a swollen left cheek.

    Morrison was immediately taken out of the game. 

    A true trooper, he came back the next day to take part in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the second game, fitting enough, he and Bonifacio collided in left centerfield. 

    Luckily everyone was okay, but no word on whether "Boni" has it in for his teammate.

Graig Cooper

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    Though nowhere near as gruesome as the McGahee or Prothro injuries, University of Miami running back Graig Cooper suffered a rather unique ACL tear.

    During last year's Champs Sports Bowl, he suffered the serious knee injury while making a cut on the poor turf at the Orlando-based bowl game. He went untouched. It wasn't because of a tackle. 

    Cooper, however, managed an incredible recovery.

    He was in uniform for the Hurricanes' season opener against Florida A&M, less than nine month's removed from the tear.

Leon Washington

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    "Leon Washington, breaking tackles..."

    If only the commentator knew then when he said it.

    Last season, the running back broke the fibula in his right leg when an Oakland Raiders defender rolled on his ankle. It didn't help matters that the player held onto Washington's leg once the tackle occurred.

    Washington could be seen in pain, and a teammate recalled seeing blood spurt out. The bone broke right through his skin.

    Now, the former Florida State standout plays for the Seattle Seahawks.

Tim Tebow

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    It was the shot heard 'round college football.

    Whether you love him or hate him, when Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow went down with a concussion, everyone in the stadium and watching on TV was transfixed.

    Tebow, who was so used to knocking defenders down, was knocked out by a Kentucky defender coming on a blitz untouched.

    The Heisman Trophy winner never saw it coming.

    He lay motionless for a couple of minutes as teammates and head coach Urban Meyer looked on. Tebow threw up in a bag as he was carted off the field.

    It was a scary moment for Gator Nation.

Corey Williams

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    Never heard of him?

    Vanderbilt freshman pitcher Corey Williams took a line drive off the bat of Florida's Austin Maddox to his right kneecap this past season.

    The most incredible part? 

    He somehow managed to make the out by throwing from the ground to first.

    If the video isn't gruesome enough, check out the x-ray of what his knee looked like at the hospital.

Janos Baranyai

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    While most viewers were enjoying Michael Phelps or beach volleyball during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, others were treated to one of the most gruesome injuries ever.

    Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai's screams of agony are horrifying as the bar pops his elbow after attempting a lift. 

    The clip is so gruesome that YouTube actually put out a disclaimer and only allows users to watch it if they're 18 or older.

Allan Ray

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    Even though it wasn't during the Big Dance, "March Madness" is right.

    Villanova guard Allan Ray had his eye poked by a Pittsburgh player during the 2006 Big EAST Tournament.

    At the time, his vision temporarily left him and many believed that his eye actually came out of its socket. His vision would return and it turned out to be just soft tissue damage.

    Now, Ray plays for an Italian Serie A club after one year in the NBA with the Boston Celtics. 

Greg Louganis

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    During the 1988 Seoul Olympics, American Greg Louganis hit his head on the board while performing a complex dive.

    The video could make even the least squeamish cringe.

    Incredibly, Louganis was able to rebound and win the gold medal.

Evander Holyfield

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    In probably the most bizarre thing to happen in sports history, Mike Tyson twice bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 fight.

    A chunk was actually missing when photographers captured Holyfield following the bout. For a closer look at when Tyson did it, jump to the 1:25 mark.

    Needless to say he was ahead of the entire vampire and biting craze before "Twilight," "True Blood," and other franchises came around.