If you were watching Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings and happened to see Saints punter Thomas Morstead wincing in pain, holding his side, there was a good reason for that.
The guy is playing through broken ribs, though he said, “It only hurts when I punt,” per Greg Coleman of KFAN in Minnesota.
— KFAN1003 (@KFAN1003) January 14, 2018
Based on what we witnessed, it hurts when he jogs onto the field, too.
Thomas Morstead is fighting through the pain pic.twitter.com/brWeFIaJ1r
— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) January 14, 2018
Here’s the play in which Morstead was injured, and it’s not hard to see how it happened.
Thomas Morstead: PFF All-Pro punter, Oustanding tackler. pic.twitter.com/J0VaG3mQ87
— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) January 14, 2018
So far, Morstead has had to gut through the pain more than he usually would as New Orleans’ offense is struggling mightily against the Vikings. He’s had to punt three times already in the first 20 minutes of the game, averaging 46 yards per kick.