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cleveland browns Tight end David Njoku posted photos Wednesday showing facial burns he suffered in a recent domestic incident.
Njoku shared the photos on Instagram, captioning the post “Legacy.”
The former first-round pick suffered burns to his face and arms while lighting a fire pit at his home on Sept. 29, ‘s Jake Trotter reported.
Just two days later, Njoku played in Cleveland’s Week 4 game against baltimore ravensHad 6 catches for 46 yards and lost 28-3. He came to the game wearing a mask.
“It’s unbelievable to me how he performed and what he went through,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said after the game. “Not just the passing game, the running game, he was the first one to put his teammates on the line.” Guys picked up from the ground, it feels like every game. He’s a warrior. It’s impressive to watch.”
Njoku, 27, announced earlier this week that he would be launching a line of merchandise called “Withstand,” with a portion of the proceeds from each purchase going to the American Burn Association. The American Burn Association works to “promote and support burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation and prevention,” according to its website.
“I know firsthand how suddenly lives can change due to burn injuries, and I wanted to use my platform to help bring awareness to a very common problem,” Njoku said in a news release from the American Burn Association. Cleveland Clinic Central Hospital was instrumental in my recovery and I am forever grateful for their expertise and care. Through my partnership with the ABA, I hope to provide resources and support to burn survivors and their families. “
Coming off a bye week, Njoku did not practice Wednesday as he is still recovering from burn injuries. The Browns host the undefeated San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
“It’s a serious injury. He’s trying to get over it. He’s not ready to train yet,” Stefanski told reporters. “We’ll see how that goes over the next few days.”
A seven-year pro, Njoku has 16 catches for 148 yards in four games this season.