Football is a dangerous sport, even if you are just a fan taking in a training camp practice as Grant Thornham found out at Broncos camp in Englewood, Colo.
On Friday, the 10-year-old was watching Brandon McManus practice his field goal kicking when he noticed a ball was speeding his way and tried to grab it, leading to a broken wrist and a new cast in Broncos orange, Thornham told KDVR-31.
“The ball came towards me really fast and I didn’t know what to do,” Thornham said.
“It wasn’t his fault. I think it was my fault for trying to catch it,” he added. “I didn’t have any idea how fast it was going to come.”
After team officials found out about the injury, they invited the young fan back to Sunday’s workout to meet McManus and get some team gear.
Receiver Demariyus Thomas and coach Gary Kubiak also met with the injured fan as he showed the team his new cast.
Thornton was not the only one hurt at the camp on Friday, as lineman Phil Taylor left the field with a knee injury, but MRI’s showed no serious damage, and he is expected back on the field next week, according to ESPN.