Losing Ryan Fitzpatrick to a hip injury in his debut with the Washington Football Team was not the start to the season that D.C. natives were hoping for. He threw six passes, completing three of them for 13 yards, and that was that. Washington's offense couldn't get much going with or without Fitzpatrick against the Chargers, putting up the lowest passing yardage output (133) of any team in the league in Week 1.
But a caller who rang into 106.7 The Fan's "BMitch and Finlay" claimed that Fitzpatrick's injury wasn't a new one, instead alleging that the 38-year-old had actually hurt his hip in an earlier unfortunate incident... on a waterslide. Listen in below at around the 6:00 mark for the call.
"I'm pretty sure Ryan Fitzpatrick reinjured his hip against the Chargers. Whereas you guys saw round two, we saw round one at Symington Waterpark in Leesburg at Ida Lee on the last day," the caller claimed. "Three times a week he brings all of his seven million boys up there. They go on the slow slide, he always goes on the fast slide. And then, about mid-afternoon, it looked like he whacked his hip on the fast slide, and then he didn't do no sliding the rest of the day.
"Everybody at the park saw he was going around, like an awkward gait, or a shuffle walk the rest of the afternoon, and he parked it in his chair. I think he reaggravated it during that game."
The hosts were baffled, probably as baffled as you are right about now. But there is a Symington Waterpark — more exactly, the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center within Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia. There is a "large slide tower with two body flumes" in addition to a "drop slide" and "two gang slides."
Now, perhaps the caller was an employee at the park and was looking to raise some publicity, and if that's the case, that's a pretty good marketing tactic. All kidding aside, the caller also claimed that all the park goers had seen him there and took note of how he walked after the incident.
"Everyone knew he was there... he has seven kids, they go 2-3 times a week and they go down the slow slide, he goes down the fast slide," the caller reiterated. "And everybody saw he whacked it at the very end on the last day we were open, and he had a shuffle walk the rest of the day. I'm pretty sure."
Whatever the case, Fitzpatrick is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to the injury, and we wish him the best in his recovery process.