Miami, FL – Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton lost his left arm in a car wreck early Thursday morning.
The wreck occurred at about 1:18 a.m. on July 4 on the Dolphin Expressway westbound ramp onto the Palmetto Expressway, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Alex Camacho said that Norton’s black 2017 Ford F-150 pickup truck hit a concrete barrier and then rolled onto its roof, the Miami Herald reported.
Paramedics from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were forced to amputate the 22-year-old rookie National Football League (NFL) player’s arm in order to extricate him from the wreckage, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Norton’s girlfriend was in the car with him at the time of the crash, but was not injured as badly.
Both of them were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
A 2015 Maserati was also involved in the crash but that vehicle sustained only minor damage and the driver of that car was not hurt.
Police said the cause of the crash was still unknown, but Norton’s family friend told the Miami Herald that the football player’s truck was cut off by another vehicle just before the wreck.
Norton was listed in critical condition at the hospital but his injuries were not expected to be life-threatening, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
“With sadness, I can confirm that Kendrick Norton was in a car accident last night and suffered multiple injuries, including the amputation of his arm,” Norton’s agent, Malki Kawa, posted on Twitter. “We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.”
Norton, who is six-foot-three-inches tall and weighs 314 pounds, was a seventh-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2018 NFL Draft, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
He was claimed by the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 19, 2018 and taken off the practice squad of the Carolina Panthers.
Norton has yet to play in any NFL games.
“We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time,” the Miami Dolphins tweeted.
Norton played college football for the University of Miami from 2015-2017. He had five sacks and 84 tackles during his college career.