New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming played in last weekend’s divisional playoff game with 22 stitches in his right leg — stitches he says he got after rescuing a woman from a burning car near Gillette Stadium a couple of days earlier.
“It was a little freaky, but anyone in that situation would’ve done the same thing,” Fleming told the Boston Globe. “It’s just, I was there. I’m glad I could help her.”
Fleming came upon the accident involving a semitrailer and three cars. After pulling over, he noticed that a woman was trying to get out of a car with smoke coming from it.
“She was attempting to kick the window out, but she was a small lady,” Fleming said. “I didn’t panic, but I was just like, ‘I got to get her out.’ I tried to break [the window] with my elbow, but that didn’t work, so I just started kicking the window. Eventually it broke, pulled her out, made sure she was OK, and I looked at my leg and I noticed it was bleeding pretty bad.”
Fleming says he had the Patriots’ trainers treat his leg before heading to the hospital for stitches.
Fleming, a reserve linebacker, entered Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after linebackers Jamie Collins and Jerod Mayo left the game with injuries. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 27-20 to reach the AFC Championship game. The Patriots face the Denver Broncos in the title game on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
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