The NFL, the Dolphins and many others in South Florida are stepping up to help injured reserve defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, as his catastrophic arm injury has ended his playing career.
As we wrote July 4th morning, Norton was involved in the early morning hours in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Miami that led to his left arm being amputated.
Now, with massive medical bills and the prospect of no longer being able to play football for a living, the caring side of football is coming through.
As Dolphins beat reporter Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com wrote Tuesday afternoon, Norton has received an outpouring of emotional and financial support:
The latest on Kendrick Norton, who will have his medical bills covered by NFL/Dolphins.
He'll have another surgery on his left arm today. The hope is he'll eventually be able to get a prosthetic arm. His team is asking for support. Story: https://t.co/K8i4IAapbh
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) July 9, 2019
The GoFundMe page that has been set up for the former Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle had over $11,000 in donations as of Wednesday morning. Obviously, it will take much more than that and more than likely there will be future fundraisers done by the school and by the Dolphins to also aide the massive defensive tackle.
Norton is a former third team All ACC defensive tackle for the Canes (above), who was drafted a year ago in the 7th round by the Carolina Panthers. The Fins signed him off the Panthers practice squad in December and he had been taking part in the offseason program for new coach Brian Flores and his staff.
It’s also possible that the Dolphins may go ahead and honor Norton’s second year $495,000 non-guaranteed salary, as the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association allows for leeway on catastrophic injuries that end someone’s career. Mostly, that is reserved for an injury on the field, however, it’s also up to team discretion.
A female passenger in Norton’s vehicle was treated and released Thursday morning. Authorities in South Florida have yet to make any formal announcement about the circumstances around the one-vehicle accident, as their investigation continues.
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