Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was involved in a two-car accident early Thursday morning that resulted in his left arm being amputated.
Norton’s left arm had to be amputated by paramedics at the scene for him to be removed from the rolled-over vehicle, sources told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. According to the sources, he is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, though his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
“With sadness, I can confirm that Kendrick Norton was in a car accident last night and suffered multiple injuries, including the amputation of his arm,” Malki Kawa, Norton’s agent tweeted Thursday morning. “We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.”
According to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report, Norton’s black 2017 Ford F250 rolled over onto its roof after colliding with a concrete barrier for unknown reasons. A grey 2015 Maserati also was involved in the crash. The vehicle had minor damage, but the driver was not hurt.
According to the report, the crash took place about 1:18 a.m. on the Dolphin Expressway (State Road 836) westbound ramp, leading to the Palmetto Expressway (State Road 826).
Both passengers injured in Norton’s truck were transported to the Trauma Center, but only Norton’s injuries are considered serious.
The Dolphins claimed Norton, who played collegiately at Miami, off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad late last year, and placed the 6-foot-3, 314-pound defensive lineman on the 53-man roster, where he was expected to compete with 12 defensive linemen for a roster spot.
“We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time,” a Dolphins spokesman said.
Norton, 22, had 84 tackles (18 for loss), five sacks, a forced fumble and recovered a fumble during his three seasons on the Hurricanes’ defensive line.
Norton, who attended Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, left Miami early and was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. He spent last season on the Panthers practice squad before Miami claimed him in December, but he didn’t play in any regular-season games last season.