Barkevious Mingo’s bruised lung could have been fatal

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Most people consider football to be the most dangerous sport an athlete can play. While that is certainly up for debate, especially if you ask hockey fans, Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo almost found out just how dangerous this game really can be. Mingo, who left the Browns preseason contest versus the Lions with what is now known to be a bruised lung, was in danger of dying from another hit, according to a doctor.

Here are some more details via Laced Out, and NFL on FOX blog:

After Mingo had suffered the bruised lung, another shot to his chest could have proved fatal, Dr. Clark Fuller, director of thoracic surgery at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., told The Plain Dealer.

Fuller didn’t treat Mingo, but he said: “The chest cavity is an area where you could bleed to death and nobody ever sees a drop of blood on the ground.”

Mingo only left the game after he was coughing up blood, and struggling to catch his breath according to The Plain Dealer:

Mingo doesn’t recall a sharp blow, but felt short of breath after covering the opening kickoff of the game. He stayed in for about four or five more plays — all on special teams — but found it increasingly difficult to breathe.

“I ran down after the play, and I didn’t feel right,” he said. “I kept going back out, and it was harder and harder to catch my breath. I went to my coach and he thought it’d be a good idea to go to the trainer with it. They did a great job pulling me out, and recognizing the symptoms and treating me.”

Mingo, who will be out at least a week or two and will likely miss the final two preseason games, said the ordeal never scared him despite the fact it’s sometimes fatal. The estimated mortality rate is about 14% to 40%.

“If I didn’t have the shortness of breath I think I would’ve still been out there,” he said. “Nothing else was that bad that made me think I needed to get out.”

Needless to say, Mingo will probably miss the rest of the preseason, and will be monitored closely. This just goes to show how dangerous this game can be, and the importance of players having open communications with training staff.

By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder

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