Top 50 Weirdest Sports Injuries of All Time

Weird Sports Injuries

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We hear all the time about athletes who injure themselves in strange and ridiculous ways. Each year, an athlete causing him or herself some serious harm by acting ridiculously and sometimes stupidly.

Sometimes athletes just can't escape injury -- on and off the field. Let's take a look at the 50 weirdest sports injuries of all time.

50. Candace Parker's Headbutt

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50. Candace Parker Headbutt

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Candace Parker is one of the most famous WNBA players in the world. Well, that doesn't mean she isn't a danger to herself and others. After teammate Nneka Ogwumike made a key basket in a 2013 game, Parker celebrated a bit too hard, headbutting Ogwumike in the eye, drawing blood. It made for a horrific scene, but it still got laughs.

49. Tony Allen Plays to the Whistle

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49. Tony Allen Plays to the Whistle

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In a game with the Boston Celtics, Tony Allen showed he plays to the whistle -- and even after the whistle. The NBA veteran was fouled near the three-point line and insisted on finishing the play, driving in for a dunk after the blown whistle. He came down wrong on his leg and tore his ACL.

48. Francisco Liriano Scares His Kids, Hurts Himself

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48. Francisco Liriano Scares His Kids, Hurts Himself

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Not sure why this happened, but Francisco Liriano insisted on trying to scare his kids on Christmas morning by busting into their bedroom, but breaking his arm on the door in the process. I thought Christmas Day was supposed to be a time of joy.

47. Tom Glavine Hates Airline Food

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47. Tom Glavine Hates Airline Food

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Glavine apparently ate some bad airplane food and got food poisoning. That's not the bad part, however. While he was vomiting, the pitcher actually broke some ribs.

46. Gus Ferrotte Gets Pumped Up

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46. Gus Ferrotte Gets Pumped Up

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After scoring a touchdown with the Washington Redskins, Ferotte was so pumped up that he insisted that smashing his head into a padded wall was a great idea. Well, he got a concussion and had to leave the game.

45. Keep Your Eye On the Ball

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45. Keep Your Eye On the Ball

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A.J. Burnett was taking batting practice -- first wrong move -- when he decided to bunt -- second wrong move -- and the ball tipped off the bat wrong and into his face. He ended up breaking an orbital bone in his face and missing some time. This is why pitchers shouldn't hit.

44. Drinks Anyone?

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44. Drinks Anyone?

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This is one of the most bizarre injuries during a game. San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson was shooting a three-pointer in a game against the Knicks when he backed up after the shot, bumping into a courtside waitress. He hit the floor, spraining his ankle and he even missed a few games. The waitress was in the middle of serving New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Conspiracy?

43. Branden Dawson is Not a Fan of Dan Dakich

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43. Branden Dawson is Not a Fan of Dan Dakich

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While watching film of a previous game, ESPN college basketball broadcaster said something that Branden Dawson didn't take too kindly to. The Michigan State star got upset and slammed his hand on the table, breaking his hand. The injury costed the team a bit as the Spartans went 5-7 without him.

42. Can't Really Walk Off

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42. Can't Really Walk Off

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Kendrys Morales hit a walk-off home run for the Los Angeles Angels and jumped on home plate to celebrate with him teammates. That didn't quite go as planned as he broke his leg during the process. It's all fun and games until someone breaks a leg.

41. Mark Buehrle Goes All Out for Mayonnaise

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41. Mark Buehrle Goes All Out for Mayonnaise

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Mark Buehrle actually sliced his thumb open while trying to open a jar of mayonnaise. Now that's dedication for a condiment.

40. Kevin Love's Knuckle Sandwich

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40. Kevin Love's Knuckle Sandwich

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Working out is good for athletes, but not when you do it wrong. Some people have attempted knuckle pushups before, but Kevin Love will probably never attempt them again after he broke his hand while trying to do them.

39. I Can't Hear You

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39. I Can't Hear You

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Matt Holliday was forced to leave a game after a moth flew into his ear while he was in the outfield.

38. Lend Me Your Ear

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38. Lend Me Your Ear

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Everyone knows what happened here. Mike Tyson went all cannibal on Evander Holyfield, biting off a piece of his ear.

37. Pain in the Butt

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37. Pain in the Butt

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During a deep sleep, Andy Murray injured himself, forcing him to take some time off from tennis. While this doesn't seem very weird, it gets a lot more interesting when you find out he strained a muscle in his buttocks.

36. Felix Pie's Situation

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36. Felix Pie's Situation

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Cubs manager Lou Pinella called this "Felix Pie's situation." The Cubs outfielder apparently twisted his testicle somehow and had to have surgery to repair the situation. That sounds more painful than anything else on this list. He missed no playing time.

35. Confused by Frostbite

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35. Confused by Frostbite

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Ricky Henderson was one of the fastest men in baseball, but he couldn't outrun frostbite -- in August. Yes, how he got frostbite in August is confusing to me, too.

34. Pancake-Related Injury

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34. Pancake-Related Injury

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Dustin Penner has a nice wife who cooks for him on a regular basis. After making him pancakes, Penner's wife had to take the hockey star to the hospital because he suffered back spasms after bending over to eat his stack of flapjacks.

33. Arachnophobia Gone Wrong

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33. Arachnophobia Gone Wrong

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Genallen Hill was having a nightmare, and it led to an injury. Apparently, Hill has an extreme fear of spiders -- who doesn't? -- and he was dreaming that they were crawling all over him. He reacted so much and fell off his bed into a glass table.

32. Jimmie Johnson's Day Off

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32. Jimmie Johnson's Day Off

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Jimmy Johnson knows how to drive. As one of the best NASCAR drivers out there, you would think he would know how to handle a golf cart. Well, he fell off the card and broke his wrist. So much for a day off.

31. Charles Barkley's Deadly Hug

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31. Charles Barkley's Deadly Hug

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After making a game-winning shot, Kevin Johnson got the hug of his life from teammate Charles Barkley. The hug ended up dislocating Johnson's shoulder.

30. Eye Can't Believe That Happened

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30. Eye Can't Believed That Happened

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Bizarre injuries are fun. In this case, offensive lineman Orlando Brown got a penalty flag thrown in his direction, it made its way into the lineman's facemask and took out his eye. The flag caused him to miss three years due to ongoing issues with the same eye. That's rough.

29. No More Game Boy

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29. No More Game Boy

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Lionel Simmons actually suffered wrist tendonitis -- after being named player of the week -- from playing too much Game Boy. He missed a few games due to this embarrassingly stupid injury.

28. Don't Hit Me There

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28. Don't Hit Me There

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While playing paintball in a team-building exercise, LaRon Landry took a paintball to the lower body, causing a devastating groin injury.

27. Intense High Five

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27. Intense High Five

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Jeff Baker was a big fan of high fives -- that is, until he suffered a sprained thumb from an intense high five. He refused to name the teammate who caused the high-five-related injury.

26. Pins and Needles

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26. Pins and Needles

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Francisco missed a decent amount of time after stepping on a cactus during spring training before the 2014 season. I guess that's why they call it the Cactus League.

25. Good Hygiene is Painful

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25. Good Hygiene is Painful

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Spain's goalie, Santiago Canizares, was forced to miss the World Cup in 2002 after a glass bottle of aftershave fell onto his foot and shattered into many shards. One penetrated his foot, severing a tendon.

24. What Goes Around Comes Around

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24. What Goes Around Comes Around

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Milton Bradley was known as a hot-head and not many people really liked the attitude the MLB star brought to the game. While arguing with an umpire over a questionable call, Bradley was held back by a coach and tore his ACL in the process.

23. George Brett Takes One For Bill Buckner

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23. George Brett Takes One For Bill Buckner

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While in his Kansas City apartment during an off day, Goerge Brett was doing laundry when one of his favorite fellow MLB players was coming up to bat on his TV. He sprinted from the laundry room to the living room, breaking his toe on a wall in the process.

22. Not the Right Kind of Football

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22. Not the Right Kind of Football

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Steve Smith broke his arm playing flag football. I'm really not sure how it's possible, either.

21. Soft as a Pillow

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21. Soft as a Pillow

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While adjusting his son's pillow, Tigers' third baseman Brandon Inge pulled a muscle in his back. Now try telling that to Jim Leyland, Brandon.

20. Extinguished

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20. Extinguished

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After a tough loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, a frustrated Amar'e Stoudemire punched the glass that held a fire extinguisher in the hallway on the way back to the locker room. He severed some tendons and missed the rest of the playoffs.

19. Bad With Skates

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19. Bad With Skates

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Hey, I'm not good with skates either, but I hope to never suffer an embarrassing ice skating injury like hockey player Dan Boyle suffered. While in the locker room during game day, Boyle's skates slipped off their hook and onto his wrist, severing three tendons.

18. Venison From Todd Helton

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18. Venison From Todd Helton

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After receiving a gift of venison from Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies' star rookie Clint Barmes was trying to walk the deer meat up his apartment stairs. He ended up injuring his back and missing extensive time.

17. Gym, Tan, Laundry

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17. Gym, Tan, Laundry

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Apparently Marty Cordova is more bro than anyone thought. Cordova was the original inventor of the GTL strategy on a daily basis. The 'T' is the one that got him in trouble, however. Cordova was ordered by a doctor to stay out of the sun after suffering burns to the face -- from falling asleep in the tanning bed.

16. That's Not a Dog

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16. That's Not a Dog

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Legendary pitcher and strikeout machine Nolan Ryan must have mistaken a coyote for a dog after the wild animal bit his arm. I mean, that's the only explanation I can think of where someone would get bitten by a coyote.

15. Ironing Out Problems

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15. Ironing Out Problems

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John Smoltz still denies this story, but we are going to run with it because it made its rounds on the internet when it happened. The pitcher apparently suffered burns to his chest when he tried ironing a shirt -- while he was wearing it. Let's hope, for John's sake, that this is just a false rumor.

14. Give Me Your Number

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14. Give Me Your Number

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While trying to imitate someone that spoke to the team during spring training, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Steve Sparks attempted to tear a phone book in half, dislocating his shoulder.

13. Adam Eaton Just Wanted to Watch a Movie

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13. Adam Eaton Just Wanted to Watch a Movie

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Adam Eaton was just trying to open a DVD casing with a file and it ended up slipping and stabbing him in the stomach. That's movie night gone wrong.

12. Towel Me Off

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12. Towel Me Off

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David Price had to leave a game after toweling himself off too hard. Yes, apparently between innings, the Cy Young winner was toweling himself too rigorously, causing neck spasms.

11. Worst First Pitch Ever

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11. Worst First Pitch Ever

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Don Baylor was assigned to catch the first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero in an early-season series for the Los Angeles Angels in 2014. The hitting coach reached for a wild pitch from Vlad and ended up breaking his leg. When he tried to get up and walk it off, he looked like a baby deer trying to walk for the first time. Brutal.

10. Blame it On My Son

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10. Blame it On My Son

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Former Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain suffered a nasty ankle injury in March of 2012. The pitcher apparently dislocated his ankle while jumping on the trampoline on a day off with his son.

9. Nate's Love For Pizza

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9. Nate's Love For Pizza

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Detroit Lions' wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm during the 2013 season for one bizarre reason. While driving home from a teammate's house, Burleson saw his box of pizza slipping off his front seat, he reached to save it, crashing into a median and breaking his arm.

8. Partying Gone Wrong

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8. Partying Gone Wrong

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Lindsey Vonn cut her thumb open on a broken champagne bottle while celebrating her second gold medal at the world championships in France.

7. Ryan Lochte Meets a Fan

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7. Ryan Lochte Meets a Fan

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Ryan Lochte met a fan and the fan won. Apparently, the Olympic swimmer encountered a fan girl and she jumped on him in excitement. The gold medalist tumbled over, tearing his MCL and spraining his ACL.

6. Typical Bill

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6. Typical Bill

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Bill Gramatica was known for celebrating field goal and extra point makes. After making yet another regular field goal, Gramatica jumped in celebration and came down funny, tearing his ACL.

5. Terrible Series of Events

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5. Terrible Series of Events

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Moises Alou tore his ACL while falling off a treadmill in the 1999 offseason and then he re-injured his ACL while running over his son with a bicycle.

4. Sneezin' Sammy

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4. Sneezin' Sammy

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Sammy Sosa suffered one of the most embarrassing injuries of all time. Slammin' Sammy became Sneezin' Sammy after a sneeze caused back spasms. Oh yeah, and he once missed playing time for sleeping on his arm wrong. Weird guy.

3. Trigger Happy

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3. Trigger Happy

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Plaxico Burress brought a gun to a night club and kept it in the waste of his pants. Something happened and the wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the leg. If that wasn't embarrassing enough, he actually spent time in jail and he hasn't been the same player since.

2. Wannabe Rockstar

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2. Wannabe Rockstar

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Joel Zumaya missed time in the 2006 playoffs after he suffered a sore wrist from playing too much 'Guitar Hero'. Yes, apparently he wanted to be a rockstar more than a baseball player. The young flamethrower is now retired -- just years after he was able to hit nearly 105 mph on the radar gun.

1. There's an Injury in My Boots

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1. There's an Injury in My Boots

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Wade Boggs strained his back when he tried to pull on his cowboy boots. Sounds like he needs to drink more milk.

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