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Postby kid a » Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:57 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/s ... id=1634325


When rookie coach Jack Del Rio placed a stump of oak and an ax in the Jacksonville Jaguars locker room a few weeks ago as a motivational technique, symbolic of his theme to "keep choppin' wood," it was viewed as a sophomoric technique by some veterans.

Now the move is likely to be regarded as a huge mistake.



The Jaguars on Thursday lost Pro Bowl punter Chris Hanson for an undetermined amount of time -- ESPN.com has learned that he will be sidelined 4-6 weeks and could well miss the balance of the season -- when the fourth-year veteran was accidentally gashed on his right (non-kicking foot) while wielding the ax.

Hanson, 26, was taken to a local hospital for what Del Rio before practice termed "a gash of some sort." As it turned out, the injury was severe enough to require surgery. It is not known how long the surgery lasted or what steps were taken to close the gash.

The wound, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN.com, was self-inflicted.

"Chris said that everyone else had been taking a swing with the ax, chopping the wood, and he finally decided to do it, too," Rosenhaus said. "Unfortunately, the ax either went through the wood, or bounced off it, and went into Chris' foot. Chris told me it is a pretty significant injury."

While it is likely that the injury will be fully healed before the end of the season, the Jaguars might be reluctant to carry two punters, using Royals but keeping Hanson on the roster as well. Team officials hinted Wednesday evening to Rosenhaus that they might place Hansen on injured reserve. That would end his season.

"They basically said," acknowledged Rosenhaus, "that there is a chance Chris might not punt again this year."

Jacksonville quickly signed veteran punter Mark Royals, released by the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago. Royals will punt on Sunday against his former teammates.

The accident apparently occurred during a team meeting that the kickers were not mandated to attend. Hanson departed the team's training complex on crutches.

Not surprisingly, the ax was removed from the locker room Thursday afternoon, and the tree stump will soon be gone as well.

It is somewhat surprising that franchise officials, and the league, would permit the tree stump and the ax, given the potential for the kind of incident that transpired Thursday. The stump had garnered plenty of media attention.

Said Del Rio: "I'll find another slogan. The message was understood. The thing was on its way out soon, but not soon enough. It was symbolic more than anything else."
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Postby moochman » Fri Oct 10, 2003 1:44 pm

the rest of Dell Rio's quote: "I'm just glad I decided against the chainsaw!"

What an dope! You never give football players weapons!
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Postby deftdelivery » Fri Oct 10, 2003 7:03 pm

LMAO
That's the dumbest story I've ever heard. Stupid DelRio
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Postby terpfan » Fri Oct 10, 2003 7:40 pm

hey isnt the "ax chop" jeremiah trotters thing?
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Postby Guest » Fri Oct 10, 2003 8:25 pm

This has got to be "Goof of the week" and the games have not even started.
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Postby AF » Fri Oct 10, 2003 8:51 pm

I'm speachless because of the stupidity of this... Wow.
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Postby josebach » Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:10 pm

moochman wrote:the rest of Dell Rio's quote: "I'm just glad I decided against the chainsaw!"


LOL I tried like crazy to come up with a good response for this story but came up empty... good job! :-b
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Postby BradtheImpaler » Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:13 pm

i first saw that at the bottom of the screen on espn...on that part where stats and info scroll by, and it said something like...."season ending injury due to injury by an axe"

WTF.....i had to watch outside the linbes for about 15 minutes just waiting for it to come back on so i could see who and what it was about...



Not surprisingly, the ax was removed from the locker room Thursday afternoon, and the tree stump will soon be gone as well.

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Postby Homeless » Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:15 pm

moochman wrote:the rest of Dell Rio's quote: "I'm just glad I decided against the chainsaw!"


LOL ;-D
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removed the stump?

Postby cg482 » Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:32 pm

what if the surgery is not successful? Won't he need a peg leg?
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