Marcus Washington Bit LaVar's Arm
Braces come, braces go. After almost two years, linebacker and possible defensive end Marcus Washington finally got rid of his braces during the offseason.
"I'm getting ready for Hollywood," he said, after showing his teeth to some fans.
Luckily, the braces gap will be ably filled by newcomer Corey Bradford, at least as long as he's here. The veteran wide receiver, signed just before camp, has had braces for about a year and half. He turned 30 in December of 2005, and thereupon decided he wanted a new look.
"My mom was like, 'Why would you wait until a couple years [before] your teeth going to get ready to fall out to get braces'," Bradford told me. "Every time I see my ma, she asks me the same question: 'I can't believe you got braces, and your teeth are about to come out in a couple more years'."
Maternal opposition aside, Bradford has grown use to the mouthgear, and even learned how to chew gum around his braces in recent months. His best football-related braces story dates from last summer's preseason, when he was with the Lions.
"They hadn't had my custom mouthpiece in, so I got one of the regular ones where you boil it then you bite on it and it fits into your mouth,: he told me. "So I boiled it and I put it in my mouth and bit down on it and fit it on there real good. Couldn't get it off. They had to almost cut it off my mouth. I'm talking about I missed a couple plays, everything. Coach was like 'Where's Corey today?' and they were like, 'Coach there's a mouthpiece stuck in his mouth'."
Tremendous. I asked Washington whether he ever had similar mouthpiece issues; "Well, I never wear a mouthpiece," he told me. "It gets in my way; I can't trash talk as much if I've got a mouthpiece."
Despite that oddity, he said he never cut his lips on his braces.
"But I did cut LaVar's arm one time," he noted. "I was running off the field and he ran on to high five me or something, I kept my mouth open and somehow I cut his arm."
That bites. No? He was just testing his mettle. Still no? The incident scared Washington straight. Really, no?
August 1, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
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