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12 photos that show sports are good, but can leave you with mangled fingers

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This is not how fingers are supposed to bend.

If an athlete plays a sport long enough, they are bound to get injured. Fans hear about the major injuries — the broken bones and torn knee ligaments — but athletes suffer dozens of smaller injuries that rarely make headlines.

That includes finger injuries. A lot of finger injuries. While they may be minor enough to play through, they have a major long-term impact. There are no shortage of athletes with hands that look a lot like this.

Or this.

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Yeah, this is bad too.

Football is apparently not good for fingers.

Basketball isn’t much better.

This is also bad.

Lol guess I can't rock a pinky ring lol

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A double dose of terrible.

Marcellus Wiley’s finger bends differently than most, and not in a good way.

Here are a few more bad fingers thanks to sports.

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And of course, there is Ronnie Lott, who had the tip of his pinkie finger amputated to avoid missing games after an injury.