NFL Injury: A Lion Chased a Dog and Failed Hard


Wierd and Wacky.

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria must have attended the Jeff Kent School of Lying because he came up with a great story to explain his injured ankle. According to the Lions official Twitter feed and ESPN, the king of TD celebrations injured his ankle trying to prevent his puppy, Lil’ Rufio, from pissing in his home.

If you don’t remember the Kent lying reference, in 2002 the San Francisco Giants slugger and former league MVP broke his wrist during spring training and missed the beginning of the regular season. Kent said he fell off the hood of his truck while washing it. He even had eyewitnesses to back up his account. The story sounded like so much BS, the media kept investigating. Turns out a whole new set of eyewitnesses came forward and revealed that a guy who looked just like Kent, fell off his motorcycle trying to pop wheelies on the highway the same day Kent was injured. What a coincidence. Why the cover story? An injury from performing stunts on a motorcycle would have voided Kent’s multi-million dollar Giants’ contract.

Back to Fauria — ESPN’s Michael Rothstein wrote, “Fauria said he missed two steps while chasing after his 3-month-old Pomeranian/Husky mix, Lil’ Rufio, at his apartment on Wednesday night. While bracing for a fall, he put his 265-pound frame on his left foot and sprained his ankle.”

Joseph Fauria with his four-legged assailant Lil’ Rufio | Instagram

Fantasy Impact

Fauria is now in a walking boot and using crutches. FTS’ West Coast correspondent Mike Hunt is traveling to Detroit to investigate the situation further. We expect the honest truth in the coming days. ESPN noted that Fauria has, “dismissed rumors that had been floating around since the injury that he hurt it playing volleyball or that he injured the ankle at a bar. The tight end did not reveal how much time he was told he will miss due to the injury. Fauria was averaging over 12 yards per reception through the first three weeks of the season. Owners, if you had Fauria as your starting TE, adjust your rosters.