The horrific car crash involving Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton had severe consequences beyond losing his arm.
Norton has had to go under the knife multiple times to close up various wounds that he suffered in the accident. All of that is, of course, on top of the arm he lost in the crash.
The latest report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport does offer some hope, though. He reported on Monday that Norton will be undergoing his sixth surgery today, with the doctors believing it will be the final surgery.
Per the report, Norton could be released from the hospital by next week.
#Dolphins DT Kendrick Norton, who lost his arm in a car crash more than a week ago, will have his sixth surgery today to close up the wounds, agent Malki Kawa tells me. Doctors believe this will be his final surgery and he could finally be released from the hospital by next week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 15, 2019
Fortunately for Norton, he has not had to go out of pocket to pay for these surgeries. The NFL revealed last week that a combination of the league and the Dolphins insurance would cover the costs.
Norton was a seventh-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2018, but spent part of the season on and off the practice squad before being signed by the Dolphins in December.
A Florida-native, Norton was a star for the Miami Hurricanes. He earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2017, and third-team All-ACC in 2016.
In three seasons for the Hurricanes, Norton recorded 84 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks along with a forced fumble.
Our thoughts continue to be with him as he recovers.