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Amon-Ra St. Brown details brutal injuries in Netflix documentary

Amon-Ra St. Brown details brutal injuries in Netflix documentary

Looking at Amon-Ra St. Brown’s 2023 stats, you’d think he’d have had a smooth season. He played in 16 of 17 games, tallied 119 catches for 1,515 yards and 10 touchdowns.

But as St. Brown explained in the first few episodes of the Netflix docuseries “Receiver,” the Detroit Lions receiver battled some very painful injuries, especially early in the season.

You may recall that St. Brown suffered a toe injury in the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks that required a steel shank to be put in his shoe. The following week against the Atlanta Falcons, he suffered an even more serious oblique injury.

“I’ve had a hip pointer before, so I thought it was a hip pointer,” St. Brown explains. “And I thought, ‘Damn, my toe still hurts. Now I have this oblique injury.'”

And worst of all, the Lions had a short week before a Thursday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers. St. Brown explained that his pain at the time was an eight or nine out of 10, but that he would not miss that game.

“It’s too late not to play. The game plan is in,” St. Brown said. “Painkillers are something I really don’t like to take unless … unless it’s the Packers.”

That night, St. Brown’s five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown led the Lions to defeat the Packers and move to 3-1 on the season.

The Lions defeated St. Brown the following week and an MRI quickly showed why.

“(The doctors) told me, ‘You’ve completely torn your obliques off the bone,’” St. Brown said.

Coach Dan Campbell gave some more details about why they took him out for a week.

“He may be able to play and function, but if this thing tears even a little bit, you’re talking six weeks, you’re talking eight weeks,” Campbell said.

As if that wasn’t enough of St. Brown, a few weeks later the Netflix documentary details in detail (with some shocking photos that I won’t share here) how St. Brown contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease before the team’s Week 8 game, resulting in painful cuts and bumps all over his body.

“He was in so much pain,” said Brooklyn Adams, St. Brown’s girlfriend.

“I had a mask on my face so no one could see what my face looked like because it looked so bad,” St. Brown said.

Even leading up to Monday night’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, you’ll see St. Brown talking about how much his hands hurt. Despite the pain, St. Brown played through the injury, catching six catches for 108 yards. But it wasn’t without consequences.

“He was sweating so much that the sores on his hands and feet turned into open sores and blisters,” Adams said. “So he played the whole game with blisters that had burst.”

Not that St. Brown’s toughness was ever in question, but you undoubtedly gain even more respect for the Lions’ All-Pro receiver when you see what he went through last year.