LaVar Arrington was more severely injured in his June 19 motorcycle accident than his agent and attorney let on.
Agent Carl Poston and attorney Rosalyn Pugh had said the former Washington Redskins star suffered a fractured right forearm and lacerations to his legs and other arm. But Arrington also sustained a broken wrist. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker also reportedly is suffering from an infection that developed in the lacerations as well as a torn tendon and a carpal tunnel-like condition in his right wrist.
So Arrington remained at Prince George's Hospital Center yesterday, nine days after the accident took place on the ramp from Route 50 to the Beltway. In contrast, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was hospitalized for just two days after suffering multiple facial fractures and a broken nose in a motorcycle accident last June. And Arrington, unlike Roethlisberger, was wearing a helmet.
Poston confirmed the broken wrist yesterday but denied that his client had suffered the other wrist injuries or the infection.
"There was a serious risk of infection, so we wanted to be really careful," Poston said. "LaVar is out of the danger zone now, and we're hopeful that he'll be home by the end of the week."
Pugh wouldn't confirm the wrist surgery and joined Poston in denying that Arrington's wounds had become infected.
"LaVar is doing better every day, and we're expecting a 100 percent recovery," she said yesterday.
Arrington's wrist injuries were first reported in the Examiner.
The 29-year-old Arrington's career already was in jeopardy before the accident. The second pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and a Pro Bowl selection from 2001 to 2003, Arrington was cut by the Redskins in February 2006 after consecutive injury-plagued seasons, personality conflicts with coaches and a falling out with team owner Dan Snyder.
Soon signed by the New York Giants, Arrington was rounding into form when he suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon Oct. 23. The Giants' new general manager, Jerry Reese, cut Arrington in February.