Kendrick Norton has received some good news — he will be released from the hospital Thursday, his agent announced on Twitter.
Great news. @norton_kendrick is being released from the hospital today!
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) July 18, 2019
The Dolphins defensive lineman, 22, lost his left arm due to a car wreck on July 4 in the Miami area. The Ford F250 Norton was driving hit a barrier on the highway, causing it to flip over.
The injuries to Norton’s arm were so severe that doctors had to amputate it.
Norton has undergone at least six surgeries and his agent, Malki Kawa, previously said the NFL would cover his medical expenses. He also said earlier that Norton was looking to get a prosthetic arm fitted.
His mother told CBS4 News Monday that he had his sixth surgery and said she hoped he would be released later in the week.
Norton was cited for the accident, which saw him clip a Maserati as he was changing lanes. The driver of the Maserati was not injured.
The injury means Norton won’t play football again and it’s unclear what direction Norton will take now that his playing career is over.
I am okay. I am as comfortable as I can be with the situation. I am doing fine and the best I can,” Norton said from his hospital bed Monday. “I am staying strong because all of the support from all of the fans, all of the teams, my family and everyone. That is what is pushing me, my faith and the support from my family, my grandparents, my sports agent. Everyone is going above and beyond with nothing in return. Just to see people who have been supporting me is just great.”
Norton was signed to the Panthers’ practice squad after his playing career with Miami. He never played for Carolina, but the Dolphins scooped him up in December, with hopes that he would compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.
“I am alive,” he said. “To be here, I am alive. One thing keeps me going and that is that I am still able to be here. Seeing my family is so important. It is very good that I have this support system. It keeps me strong and it keeps me tall.”
“But I realize that I will not be able to play for anyone,” he added. “We are working past that you know. That reality is sinking in. I am alive and I am grateful. Now I want to organize a blood drive.”