Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Kendrick Norton was involved in what the team described as “a serious car accident” overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
The Dolphins offered no details about the accident nor the severity of Norton’s injuries but said the team’s “thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family at this time.”
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.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 4, 2019
Some 90 minutes after the Dolphins’ confirmation of the accident, Norton’s agent, Malki Kawa, tweeted that Norton “suffered multiple injuries, including the amputation of his arm.”
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. We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) July 4, 2019
According to multiple media reports in South Florida, Norton was involved in a multi-vehicle accident overnight and suffered severe injuries. The reports said he was transported to Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Norton starred in college at the University of Miami, and Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz tweeted Thursday morning about Norton: “The U family is praying for Kendrick, his family and the medical professionals helping him this morning.” His well-wishes were followed by three praying-hands emoji.
The U family is praying for Kendrick, his family and the medical professionals helping him this morning. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/uYgXANF5H0
— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) July 4, 2019
The Dolphins claimed Norton off waivers from the Carolina Panthers in 2018. He was placed on Miami’s 53-man roster and expected to compete for playing time this season along the defensive line.
The former collegiate standout was a seventh-round NFL Draft pick by the Panthers in 2018 after he had 84 tackles, 18 for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble over his three-year career at the University of Miami.