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Lions punter’s mysterious ankle injury caused by a conch shell?

Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin missed all of training camp and the first six games of the season due to an ankle injury, the cause of which was the source of some mystery. According to a new report, Martin’s injury is somehow conch shell-related.

Multiple sources have informed The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers that Martin suffered the ankle injury while vacationing in the Bahamas. The two accounts concerning the nature of the injury are slightly different, but Martin either dropped or stepped on the conch shell in question.

Martin and the Lions refused to comment on the report. However, Martin, who returned to action last week, humorously offered up the ways in which he did not suffer the ankle injury, referring to it as a “freak accident.”

“It was not skateboarding, it wasn’t cliff diving, it had nothing to do with my dog, no staircases,” Martin said Monday, via The Detroit News. “I read them all. I read all the stories guys and you guys were about 0-10.

“All you need to know is it’s not what everyone thinks,” Martin said. “I wasn’t doing anything stupid. It was a freak accident. It’s not even worth the story. It was just a freak accident. It could have happened to anyone, any day, anywhere.”

Injury by conch shell is among the strangest stories detailing how a professional athlete has been sidelined. In fact, it almost rises to the level of patented absurdity concerning the bizarre ways MLB players have suffered bizarre and improbable injuries.