The NFL has stepped in to help out Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton.
Less than a week after Norton was in a horrifying car wreck that eventually led to the amputation of his arm, the league said it would pay for his medical bills, Norton’s agent Malki Kawa said, via ESPN.com.
Norton, 22, has received support from around the league and from his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes, as he adjusts to his new normal. A GoFundMe account started after the accident to help Norton with medical costs had raised more than $6,000 by Tuesday afternoon.
According to an update on the page, Norton already has had three surgeries since the July 3 accident, with two more surgeries scheduled before he can be fit with a prosthetic arm.
Norton posted a photo of him giving the thumbs up in an Instagram story Monday morning, thanking everyone who has reached out to him.
Kendrick Norton on his Instagram story this morning 🙏 pic.twitter.com/HmOUhQ0FdJ
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) July 8, 2019
“I’m good thank you to everyone that checked on me!!! I’m good thanks for the prayers to God be the glory,” Norton posted.
Norton was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Panthers. He never played a down for the team and was signed off the Carolina practice squad by the Dolphins in December.
He was expected to compete for a roster spot before the truck he was driving crashed into a concrete barrier in the Miami area last week. It rolled over onto its roof, severely injuring his left arm.
Another driver involved in the crash was not hurt.