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Rashad Johnson terrifies Internet by posting images of severed fingertip (photo)

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(Photo via @AZCardinals/Twitter)

As most have likely heard, Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson suffered a nightmarish injury in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints when the tip of his left middle finger got torn off.

The gruesome injury occurred on a special teams play when Johnson was on the punt coverage team for a return by the Saints’ Darren Sproles during the second quarter. Somehow, someway, after the play concluded, Johnson realized that something was amiss. Really, really amiss.

While the proof that something terrible had occurred was evident, Johnson was at a loss following the game when trying to explain exactly what happened. “I’m not even sure how it happened,” Johnson told the Arizona Republic. “If I had to take a guess, I would say maybe it dug into the turf there and snapped back and broke it that way. My glove was torn or ripped, which makes me think it didn’t get caught in a facemask or a cleat stepped on it.”

Video of the play when the injury occurred can be seen here, but it doesn’t really provide any clearer picture as to when and how Johnson’s fingertip became detached from the rest of the digit.

Surprisingly, despite the severity of the injury, Johnson is listed as day-to-day and may even play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Johnson took to Twitter on Monday to thank people for the well wishes and to inform folks that despite their pleadings for him to do so that they really didn’t want to see the ghastly aftermath of the injury.

But finally, Johnson acquiesced, tweeting the below image of abject nightmare fuel:

Yamma hamma. Once again, Johnson actually may play on Sunday. That’s kooky talk.

And through it all, Johnson maintained a sense of humor despite surgery that left his middle finger about the same length as his index finger.

“To lose part of a finger, that’s something you can’t really just put back on,” Johnson said. “It’s something I have to adjust to. But at the end of the day, I’ve got nine more.”

Nine more. Ha.

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