Communities rally behind Miami Dolphins player from Jacksonville who lost arm in car crash

Jax native & NFL Player critically hurt in crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — People are rallying behind a Miami Dolphins football player from Jacksonville who lost his arm in a car crash.

Defensive tackle Kendrick Norton’s arm had to be amputated after a rollover crash in west Miami -Dade around 1 a.m. Thursday.

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According to our CBS affiliate in Miami – Norton, 22, was driving a truck when it hit a concrete barrier in the road and flipped over.

One of Norton’s arms was pinned beneath the truck.

Paramedics were forced to amputate it.

Norton started his career in football at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville.

He was signed to the Dolphins in December after playing for three seasons with the Hurricanes.

The Dolphins posted this message to Twitter saying in part:

"We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time."

Bishop Leofric Thomas told Action News Jax reporter Jamarlo Phillips over the phone that Norton and his family attended his church for over a decade.

“We don’t know how life and how God will turn things. It may look bleak or grim at this time, but all things are possible, even if he doesn’t get back on the field to play. There are coaching opportunities and all kinds of other things you can do as a part of athletic football corporations. We just want him to get healed first and see where he goes from here,” Thomas said.

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Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz also posted on Twitter saying the University of Miami family
"is praying for Kendrick, his family and the medical professionals helping him this morning."

Norton is still in critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

We’re told Norton is expected to survive after being one of two people taken to the hospital.