For most cyclists, being collected by a car would constitute a fairly major event. Jonathan Brown has described it as a 'hiccup' and promised fans to be back for day one of the AFL pre-season in a fortnight.
The Brisbane Lions captain was taken to hospital after his run-in with a car during an early morning bike ride on the Gold Coast this morning. He was released soon afterward after getting 10 stitches in his elbow and a series of scans on his head, neck and torso, all of which were fine.
Brown said he felt little worse than he would after playing a game of senior football after the incident, which sent a massive scare through the club and its fans when news first broke of the accident.
Veteran Brisbane Lions captain Jonathan Brown. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
"I’m fine. I’ve pulled up pretty well. I went and got treated in hospital and got a clean bill of health. A couple of little dings here and there. I’ll be right for training,’’ Brown told the Lions website.
"I had scans on my head and neck and around my hips, which were a little bit sore. But the scans were all clear, which is good.
"I’ll be a bit sore for a couple of days. All in all, I’m good for what happened. Ten stitches in the elbow is the biggest injury I’ve copped.’’
In the wars: collison-attractor Jonathan Brown suffers a heavy blow against fremantle in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
Brown was part of a group of about 20 cyclists which set off for a ride through the Tallebudgera Valley early this morning. He said he entered a roundabout when he made contact with the car, which was towed away with a deep divot in the windscreen caused by Brown’s elbow.
‘‘I was just out on a training ride with a few blokes. I entered the roundabout and unfortunately a car didn’t quite see me and just collected me on the way through. I’m sure she didn’t mean it - I know she wouldn’t have meant it,’’ Brown said.
‘‘I smashed into the windscreen and got 10 stitches in my elbow. I actually landed on all fours, so I got up straight away. I didn’t lose consciousness or anything like that. I’m pretty good - it feels like I’ve just played a game of footy.
Too brave for his own good: Brown suffered another facial injury after running into a pack against Geelong at the Gabba, July 2011. Photo: Getty Images
‘‘I didn’t see it coming. I certainly wasn’t expecting that. The body’s good. I count myself lucky I got away with minor injuries. I just get on with business.’’
Brown said he wouldn’t miss a day of training when the Lions return to prepare for the 2013 campaign and described the accident as a ‘hiccup’.
‘‘I’ll rest up and just enjoy the last fortnight of the holidays. I expect I’ll have a few days off training now. I’ve been doing a bit of training in the off-season to be fit,’’ Brown said.
Even at training, Brown could not escape injury. Here, teammate Matt Maguire breaks his cheekbone in a marking clash. Photo: Channel 10 News
‘‘I’ll be back on day one of pre-season. A little bit of a hiccup this morning but all in all, I’m recovering pretty well from season 2012.’’
Given the three serious facial injuries Brown suffered throughout 2011 and the start of 2012, it’s a miracle he has walked away from a potentially serious accident with little more than a nasty scratch and a sore head.
It's good news for Lions fans and the club, who were on edge this morning as news of the accident came through. Brown suffered two serious facial injuries in 2011, which threatened to put an early end to his wonderful career.
In the opening game of 2011, Brown made accidental contact with the knee of Fremantle's Luke McPharlin and required major surgery on a broken jaw and cheekbone. It was a shocking injury.
It was a similar story in round 17 of the same season, when a collision with Geelong's Harry Taylor and team-mate Mitch Clark resulted in another facial trauma that had many questioning his longevity in the game.
Then for good measure, he ran into Matt Maguire in pre-season training in February and fractured his left cheekbone.
Brown has played 230 games in 12 seasons for Brisbane, including the 2001, 2002, and 2003 premiership victories. Brown played 20 matches this season, returning 47 goals.