NFL Player David Njoku Suffers Severe Burns in Firepit Accident, Burning 17-18 Percent of His Body

Cleveland Browns star tight end, David Njoku, was involved in a frightening home fire pit incident that resulted in burns on his face and arms in September.

On Friday, he and his doctor, Dr. Joseph Khouri, shared more details of the experience in a video released by the Browns on social media and their team website.

Dr. Khouri specified that Njoku sustained burns to about 17 percent of his body surface area, which he described as “probably the most painful burn you can have.”

Furthermore, Dr. Khouri identified Njoku’s injuries as second-degree partial-thickness burns, affecting the top two layers of the skin.

David Njoku, pictured on Nov. 19, didn’t miss a game despite the accident, and currently leads the Browns in receptions with 51. AP

Despite the severity of his injuries, Njoku did not miss a game throughout the season.

David Njoku posted photos stemming from his burn accident after it occurred. @ChiefNjoku/ Instagram

Recalling the harrowing experience, Njoku mentioned, “When I lit it up, it just exploded. I saw the fire come up through my wrist and then just blow up in my face. I didn’t really feel the pain because it just happened so fast.”

Njoku courageously played just two days after the incident, recording six catches for 46 yards against the formidable Baltimore Ravens defense.

David Njoku wore a mask just days after suffering burns to his face. AP

Despite the challenges, the 2017 first-round pick has had an impressive season, making 51 catches and gaining 492 receiving yards while scoring two touchdowns in 11 games for the 7-4 Browns.

This week, Njoku is in Los Angeles to play the Rams and is set to wear custom cleats as part of the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats campaign, honoring the American Burn Association.

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