NFL linebacker tears ACL after celebrating sack

Oh yeah. You read that title right. Now, it’s not the first time something like this has happened. Let’s all take a moment to remember Bill Gramatica, a field goal kicker that is regrettably famous for injuring his knee after celebrating a successful field goal attempt. Sorry for bringing this up again, Bill!

Now fast forward 13 years to our current NFL season. Week 3 followed the injury trend set by previous weeks. Week 3 by the numbers:

2 = Number of starting quarterbacks knocked out of the game – Matt Cassel of the Minnesota Vikings and Josh McCown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

7 = Number of foot injuries, the most common lower body extremity hurt.

9 = Number of athletes placed on season-ending IR.

17 = Number of Washington Redskins players on their injury report for the upcoming Thursday night game.

Of the 25 players whose seasons are over, 3 have sustained ACL ruptures. One of these unfortunate ACLs belongs to Stephen Tulloch, starting linebacker of the Detroit Lions. In the first quarter of the Lions game this past Sunday, Tulloch managed to sack Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Tulloch got up from the hit and maybe celebrated a little too excessively.


The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be found in the knee. Its role is to help stabilize the knee joint. Therefore, tearing this ligament results in a big loss of stability in the knee! It’s a pretty essential structure, especially if you want to play sports (such as football) that involve pivoting, twisting, and jumping. Interestingly enough, 70% of ACL injuries are non-contact. This means it’s more common to rupture the ACL without having anyone or anything run into the knee… Sort of like poor ol’ Tulloch. Currently, research has yet to test the statistical relationship between excessive celebrating and ACL tears (hehe).

And now we tip our hats goodbye to week 3 and welcome week 4 with open arms. What’s gonna happen next week?!

– Chris

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