Bruce Ellington is playing football without part of his hamstring. Seriously.
“I don’t know if it’s fully recovered,” he said when he was asked if his hamstring has healed (via MLive.com), “because they removed it. So I don’t have it anymore.”
The Lions receiver revealed that after he tore his hamstring in 2016, doctors told him he would likely injure it again and have scar tissue. So they made the choice to remove the semitendinosus, which is one of the three muscles that make up the hamstring.
The semitendinosus is located at the back of the thigh and helps flex the knee and bend the hip. It easily makes up 33 percent of the hamstring.
It makes the fact that Ellington can walk, let alone play football, that much more remarkable.
Ellington isn’t the first player to have the procedure, though. Former Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson had the surgery, and former NFL cornerback Jimmy Hitchcock played without both ACLs in his knees.
Ellington just signed with the Lions and has recorded 12 catches for 80 yards in his two games with the team.