A former offensive lineman and tight end for LSU lost his leg in a bizarre accident that took place last month during a duck-hunting trip in Mississippi. According to a friend who was on the trip, Matt Branch was shot by a dog.
“Micah Heckford told The Clarion Ledger that he and several others were on a duck-hunting trip near Eagle Lake on Dec. 28 when Matt Branch was accidentally hit by a blast from his shotgun, which he had left loaded in the bed of his pickup truck,” ESPN reports. “Heckford said a Labrador retriever named Tito jumped onto the truck bed, stepped on the safety of Branch’s shotgun and pulled the trigger. Heckford said the 12-gauge shotgun shell fired through the side of the truck and hit Branch’s left thigh.”
Branch, who played for LSU from 2009-2011, has reportedly had the leg amputated and remained in intensive care.