Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Kendrick Norton lost his left arm following a devastate automobile disintegrate early Thursday morning near Miami.
The 22 -year-old, who was signed to the team in December, was driving a Ford truck that disintegrated into a concrete impediment and overturned on State Road 836, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho told The Associated Press.
A rescue crew was forced to amputate Norton’s arm in order to obtain him from the site. He remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in serious mode, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
NFL agent Malki Kawa confirmed the report over Twitter.
“We ask that you continue to pray for him. Their own families likewise asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy, ” Kawa wrote.
Norton’s mother, Tess Stephens, thanked advocates in a Friday morning Facebook post.
“It is not possible for me to individually respond to all the messages, texts, announces, etc. But my family and I welcome and acknowledge all the love& subsistence, ” Stephens wrote.
“KJ is a fighter !! ” she continued. “And he will fight through this! Yes he did lose his arm but he’s got his life! We ask for respect and privacy during this time for him to mend and grieve for he has lost so that he can get up and fight for all the many boons he still has and WILL have! My family& I THANK U all and adoration u all! ”
The Miami Dolphins secreted a statement on its Twitter page saying, “Our thoughts and devotions are with Kendrick and his family during this time.”
CBS Miami reported that Norton’s girlfriend was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but her harms were not considered life-threatening. A 2015 Maserati was also involved, the store said.
Officials have not yet recognized any cause for the crash.