Jolly Rancher disaster: Barry Church misses practice with candy-related injury

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church was stuck on injured reserve for 13 games a year ago after rupturing his Achilles tendon.

With the latest news on Church, it appears that injuries are just out and about, hunting the poor guy down. Jazzed to finally get back onto the playing field, Church was forced to miss a walkthrough and an entire training camp practice on Monday because he needed a root canal.

“I woke up [Monday] morning and the pain was crazy, so I had to get it taken care of,” Church said.

He needed to see the dentist because Church had chipped his tooth on a Jolly Rancher, according to the Associated Press.

“This is the first time I had to go to the dentist [for a procedure like this],” Church said. “I don’t want to go back. It was terrible.”

We believe it. One minute you’re crushing some Jolly Ranchers, the next they’re doing what massive NFL players can’t even do: Keep you out of practice.

As for missing the day of work, his teammates were not going to let him live this one down.

“I took the punches and kept rolling,” he said with a laugh.

The AP has some of the pressing facts of this investigation. First, it was a cherry Jolly Rancher, which stinks, because that’s easily one of the best flavors in the bag. Had it been green apple or something, we may have understood where Church had first gone wrong.

Second, Church is actually a candy fiend. The four-year starter at Toledo-turned 2010 undrafted free agent pickup by Dallas will definitely not be staying sugar-free despite this run-in with the Rancher.

But he will be changing up his snacking habits.

“No more Jolly Ranchers,” Church said. “I’ve got to stick to the soft stuff: Starbursts, Skittles, all that.”

Maybe he’s onto something.

After all, Johnny Manziel’s dad reports Skittles helped his son win the Heisman

[H/T: SB Nation]