Patrick Edwards and the Importance Of Keeping Stuff Off The Field

University of Houston wide receiver Patrick Edwards had joined the team as a walk-on but quickly established himself as a big-time pass-catching threat. After only eight college games, he had already amassed 634 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He seemed like a receiver on the rise- until a poorly placed metal cart sidelined his career in a very painful fashion.

“Get Those Out of the Way!”

When the Houston Cougars travelled to West Virginia to play the Marshall Thundering Herd in 2008, the Herd jumped out to the lead early, requiring the Houston quarterback to start thinking about throwing deep. And that’s just what he did on the fateful play that injured Patrick Edwards: the quarterback badly overthrew him, requiring Edwards to run all the way to the back of the endzone. Unfortunately for him, halftime had just ended and the marching band had neglected to remove the metal carts containing their equipment, and he slammed into one, brutally fracturing his leg. In this video, you can plainly hear the announcers wondering why those carts were there in the first place, and indeed, Patrick Edwards later sued the referee and Marshall University for allowing the accident to happen.

How Do You Come Back From a Compound Fracture?

Edwards suffered a compound fracture of the right leg, and required surgery, during which a metal rod was placed in his leg. He missed the rest of the season due to the injury. The injury and the rehabilitation it required to heal can be compared to Kevin Ware or Paul George’s injuries, which were also compound fractures of the same bone in the leg. After extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, Patrick Edwards was finally ready to rejoin his team in time for the beginning of the 2009 season. His comeback was complete, as he caught 85 passes for 1,021 yards and six touchdowns that year and compiled 4507 yards and 43 touchdowns in his college career, even taking home the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year award in 2011. After spending two years with the Detroit Lions, he was released by the team and is now a free agent.

You don’t have to crash into a poorly-placed metal cart to require physical therapy. When life starts hurting a little more than it should, contact Baxter and Walsh Physical Therapy for an appointment. They specialize in helping you bounce back from injuries and conditions of all kinds and have two friendly locations in Bay Shore, NY and Wantagh, NY to better serve you. Call us at 631-206-2989 (Bay Shore) or 516-826-0016 (Wantagh) today.