Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton seriously injured in crash

Former Hurricanes starter's arm amputated, agent says

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

MIAMI - A former Miami Hurricanes and current Miami Dolphins player was seriously injured in an early morning rollover crash on the Fourth of July.

Defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was among those injured in Thursday's crash where the Dolphin Expressway meets the Palmetto Expressway.

"We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton," the Dolphins said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time."

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho said Norton was driving a Ford F250 in the westbound lanes of the Dolphin Expressway at about 1:15 a.m. when it slammed into a concrete barrier wall and overturned, landing on its roof.

Camacho said Norton was taken to the hospital with "severe injuries to his left arm."

Norton's agent, Malki Kawa, said his 22-year-old client's arm had to be amputated.

"My friend's alive and, you know, he'll be missing an arm but it doesn't change anything for me," Kawa said outside the hospital. "He doesn't get to play football, but I'm sure he'll do something that'll impact his community at some point, because he's just that type of kid."

Kawa said Norton's girlfriend was also injured in the crash.

"He was with his girlfriend who also came to the hospital and got treated for some injuries, and from what I understand, she'll make a full recovery and she should be OK," he said.  

Camacho said a Masserati was also involved in the crash, but the driver walked away without any injuries.

Norton was a seventh-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers last year. He signed with the Dolphins in December but didn't play in a game.

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Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle Kendrick Norton battles Bethune-Cookman's Phillip Norman during the third quarter, Sept. 5, 2015, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami beat Bethune-Cookman 45-0.

He played in 38 games for the Hurricanes from 2015-17, recording 84 total tackles, including 18 for loss, and five sacks.

Norton, who declared for the NFL draft after his junior season, is probably best known for playing air guitar on Florida State quarterback James Blackman's leg after tackling him during Miami's 24-20 win against the Seminoles in 2017. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the rivals.

Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle Kendrick Norton makes an air guitar out of Florida State quarterback James Blackman's leg after making a tackle during a 24-20 win against the Seminoles.

Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz said the University of Miami family "is praying for Kendrick, his family and the medical professionals helping him this morning."

Former coach Mark Richt and Miami athletic director Blake James also took to Twitter to share their condolences.

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