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Amon-Ra St. Brown describes brutal injuries in Netflix documentary

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In the “Receivers” docuseries on Netflix, Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown detailed a trio of brutal injuries he played through in 2023.

If you were to look at Amon-Ra St. Brown’s statistics from 2023, you’d think he played through the season without any struggles. He played in 16 of 17 games, tallied 119 catches for 1,515 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

But as St. Brown explained in the first few episodes of the Netflix docuseries “Receiver,” the Detroit Lions receiver had to battle through some seriously painful injuries, particularly early in the season.

You may remember that St. Brown suffered a toe injury in the Week 2 contest against the Seattle Seahawks that required a steel shank in his shoes. The very next week against the Atlanta Falcons, he suffered an even more serious oblique injury.

“I’ve had a hip pointer before, so I thought it was a hip pointer,” St. Brown explains. “And I’m like, ‘Damn, my toe’s still hurting at this point. Now I have this oblique injury.’”

And worst of all: the Lions had a short week up next for a “Thursday Night Football” game against the Green Bay Packers. St. Brown explained that his pain was at an eight or nine out of 10 at that point, but he wasn’t going to miss that game.

“It’s too late for me not to play. The game plan’s in,” St. Brown said. “Painkillers is something that I really don’t like to take unless… unless it’s the Packers.”

That night, St. Brown’s five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown helped the Lions down the Packers and move to 3-1 on the season.

The Lions shut St. Brown down the following week, and an MRI quickly revealed why.

“(The doctors) tell me, ‘You tore your oblique completely off the bone,’” St. Brown said.

Coach Dan Campbell provided a little more detail as to why they shut him down for a week.

“He may be able to play, and he may be able to function, but if this thing tears even just a little bit more, you’re talking about (missing) six weeks, you’re talking eight weeks,” Campbell said.

If that wasn’t enough toughness from St. Brown, just a few weeks later, the Netflix documentary details—with some graphic photos I’m not going to share here—when St. Brown caught hand, foot, and mouth disease prior to the team’s Week 8 game, resulting in painful cuts and bumps all over his body.

“He was in so much pain,” Brooklyn Adams, St. Brown’s girlfriend, said.

“Had a mask on my face so no one can see what my face was looking like, because it looked so bad,” St. Brown said.

Even in the pregame leading up to the Monday night game against the Las Vegas Raiders, you see St. Brown talking about how much his hands were hurting. Despite the pain, St. Brown played through the injury and caught six catches for 108 yards. But it didn’t come without some consequences.

“He was sweating so much that the spots on his hands and his feet turned into open sores and blisters,” Adams said. “So he played that entire game with blisters popping.”

Not that St. Brown’s toughness was ever under question, but you’ll undoubtedly gain even more respect for the Lions All-Pro receiver after seeing everything he went through last year.

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