MIAMI – Miami Dolphins Defensive Tackle Kendrick Norton was released from hospital on Thursday, two weeks after a traffic accident on July 4, when his left arm was amputated.
"I just want to say thank you, First of all, to God, that I'm still here," Norton told reporters outside the hospital according to Local 10 ABC. "Second, to the Jackson Medical Center, they did a great job, they took great care of me while I was here, and next, I want to thank the family of the Miami Dolphins who were crazy about their help." We were ready to give and you know, they really did not have to.
Norton underwent at least six surgeries to close wounds on his left arm, but he remained positive throughout the process, reiterating how grateful he was for survival.
The hope is that Norton will be able to get an arm prosthesis when he comes to life after football, he confirmed last week that his career has ended after the accident.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores was a frequent visitor, and Dolphins' General Director Chris Grier and several of Norton's former teammates have also visited him to lend their support.
All Norton medical bills are covered by the league and dolphin insurance policy.
Norton was banned for improper lane change blamed the accident on 4 July for driving in front of another vehicle and according to a copy of Flo's accident report rida Highway Patrol, made by ESPN, should have light contact with it before impacting a concrete barrier. According to the report, alcohol and drugs were not suspected as causing the accident for either driver.
There were no announcements about the future of Norton in the NFL. He is currently on the list of dolphins and could be added to the list of Non-Football Injuries (NFI) this season, where the team could decide to pay part or all of his $ 495,000 salary without any guarantee.
Norton was selected in the seventh year round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, and the Dolphins signed him out of the Panthers practice group in December. He was expected to fight for a place on the 53-member squad this season.