Who knew housebreaking a puppy could be so hazardous to a big strong football player?
In what's easily one of the most adorable NFL-related tweets ever, the Detroit Lions announced that tight end Joseph Fauria sprained his ankle while trying to stop his dog from having an accident inside.
Fauria was trying to stop Lil' Rufio from urinating in the house when he misstepped & sprained his ankle at home. pic.twitter.com/djBc9XVjp5
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 29, 2014
Noticing that his husky-pomeranian mix Lil' Rufio was beginning to urinate in his apartment Wednesday night, Fauria said he chased after the dog downstairs and missed the final two steps, MLive reported.
The injury invited skepticism, but Fauria assured reporters Monday that he did not hurt his ankle -- which has him on crutches -- playing another sport in his spare time.
Fauria, who sat out the Lions' victory over the Jets Sunday, told reporters it could be a while before he returns to the lineup, but we'll always have that tweet and this one:
Now I'm only concentrating on getting back on the field ASAP! Please no death threats to Lil' Rufio, he's just a pup! pic.twitter.com/Q1O5QM41RW
— Joseph Fauria (@BigJoeFauria) September 29, 2014
We're now waiting for when Lil' Rufio eats his playbook.