Lamar Thomas, Wide Reciever for the Miami Dophins
NAME: Lamar Thomas
TEAM: Miami Dolphins
POSITION: Wide receiver
INJURY: Fracture dislocation of his right hip
OTHER ATHLETES AFFECTED
While hip pointers and bruises are common, Lamar Thomas' injury is rare. In
1996, University of Miami running back Danyell Ferguson sustained a dislocated
hip and missed the rest of the season.
Thomas was a four-year letterman ('89-'92) and three-year
starter at the University of Miami (Fla.). He set the school record for career
receptions (144) and ranks second in both receiving yards and touchdowns behind
Michael Irvin. He was a third round draft choice (60th overall) of Tampa Bay in
The 6-foot-1-inch, 175-pound receiver signed with the Dolphins
as a free agent in 1996. In 1998, he played in all 16 regular season games for
the first time in his NFL career and caught 43 passes for 603 yards and five
Last year, Thomas was placed on Injured Reserve on Sept. 5 with
a left shoulder dislocation; he missed the entire 1999 season. Projected as a
starter for the upcoming season, he started the first three preseason games and
had two catches for 13 yards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The 30-year-old Thomas suffered his injury on the first play of
the Dolphins' Aug. 21 game against Green Bay. The injury occurred after he
caught a 5-yard pass from quarterback Damon Huard. Linebacker Mike Morton was
among several tacklers who piled atop Thomas and twisted the player's body.
Thomas lay on the field for several minutes and was then carted
off on a gurney and taken to Holy Cross Hospital by ambulance. He underwent
surgery to reduce the fracture late Monday at Holy Cross.
WHAT'S INVOLVED WITH A HIP FRACTURE AND DISLOCATION?
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, with the round head of the
thighbone (femur) fitting inside a cup-shaped socket (acetabulum) in the hip
bone (pelvis). The socket is relatively shallow, which allows the hip to move
in all directions, but it takes considerable support from the muscles and
ligaments to keep the joint in place. It requires substantial force to pop the
thighbone out of its socket and dislocate it.
In most hip dislocations, the head of the thighbone is pushed
out and back (posterior dislocation). This leaves the hip in a fixed position,
bent and twisted in toward the middle of the body. If the thighbone slips out
and forward (anterior dislocation), the hip will be only slightly bent, and the
leg will twist out and away from the middle of the body.
The force required to dislocate a hip also means that someone
with this injury will often have other injuries, including fractures in the
pelvis and legs, back injuries, or head injuries. In Thomas' case, he also
sustained a fracture.