Early Thursday morning, Kendrick Norton, a defensive tackle who was claimed last year by the Miami Dolphins, was involved in a serious two-car accident that resulted in the former University of Miami star’s left arm being amputated by paramedics after he was trapped in his overturned truck.
“Norton’s left arm had to be amputated by paramedics at the scene for him to be removed from the rolled-over vehicle,” the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday. Citing multiple sources, the Sun Sentinel reported that after paramedics were forced to remove his arm to get him free from his vehicle, Norton was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he is in critical condition, though his injuries “are not believed to be life-threatening.”
“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,” the outlet reported. “A grey 2015 Maserati also was involved in the crash. The vehicle had minor damage and the driver was not hurt.”
The accident took place at around 1:18 a.m. on the Dolphin Expressway’s westbound ramp to the Palmetto Expressway, the report says.
Norton’s agent has confirmed the reports of Norton’s severe injuries. “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,” Norton’s agent Malki Kawa said in a statement Thursday morning reported by the Sun Sentinel. “We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.”
The Miami Dolphins, which acquired Norton last year from the North Carolina Panthers’ practice squad, also issued a statement on Norton’s accident. “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,” the team said in a statement posted on social media Thursday.
The new head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, who was a coordinator when Norton was on the team, has also posted a statement online. “The U family is praying for Kendrick, his family and the medical professionals helping him this morning,” tweeted Miami Head Football Coach Manny Diaz.
“Norton was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers, and the Dolphins signed him off the Panthers’ practice squad in December,” ESPN reports. “He was expected to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster this season.”