As soon as news broke last week that Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria suffered an ankle injury at his home, there was a lot of speculation about what happened. Did the accident involve his dog? Was he intoxicated? Did he get hurt playing volleyball? Those were just some of the rumors that were swirling around.
On Monday, Fauria explained what exactly happened, and it turns out that his dog was involved in the situation.
Joe Fauria said he sprained his ankle after missing bottom two stairs while trying to stop his 3-month old dog from urinating in the house— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 29, 2014
The injury was bad enough that it required a trip to the emergency room, and he is still in a boot and on crutches. The injury did not damage his sense of humor, though.
Fauria: "I almost sprained my other ankle celebrating Eric's score."— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 29, 2014
Fauria says he wasn't drinking, but jokes that he wishes he was. "Wouldn't have hurt as much."— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) September 29, 2014
As for the rumor that he got hurt playing volleyball, Fauria explained how that came about:
Fauria said he was goofing around, warming up with his friends at a rec volleyball game Wednesday but that has nothing to do with injury— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 29, 2014
Obviously this injury is pretty disappointing for both Fauria and the Lions, but I don't know how you can stay mad at this face:
Hopefully Fauria will be back sooner rather than later, but at least the Lions have a first-round pick to plug in at tight end while he's out.