‘S***, not again’: Paps opens up on horrific injury, reveals ugly backlash against Storm teammate

Storm star Ryan Papenhuyzen has opened up on his latest shattering injury setback and revealed teammate Nelson Asofa-Solomona was vilified for his role in the tackle.

After making a long-awaited return from a shattered kneecap, Papenhuyzen fractured his ankle when Asofa-Solomona fell on his ankle in a freak accident against the Broncos in week one of the finals and now faces another length recovery.

“When you are on the ground and you hear people around you and you sort of go into a bit of a panic,” Papenhuyzen said on a Podcast.

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“It is a bit unfortunate. It is hard because I am usually a really positive guy, but I think this one hit me a bit harder just purely because it has taken me so long from the knee to come back and I’m just sitting knowing that I have, not as long in front of me, but I do have another rehab and it does require a lot of mental and physical energy.

“I think it is just wrapping your head around going back for that journey so yeah it sucks and I think I am still coming to terms with it.

“At the moment it is just down in the dumps and feeling sorry for myself, but I’m sure I will kick out of it.”

Papenhuyzen’s Storm teammate Jahrome Hughes recalled his feelings of disappointment and despair for his fullback after the incident.

“I don’t know what was going on, but you could immediately tell that something was not good,” Hughes said.


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Ryan Papenhuyzen and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.Source: FOX SPORTS

“And it was just like, shit not again. That was going through my head, but what was going through your head at the time? Did you feel something was instantly gone?”

“Instantly I could just feel that something is not where it was meant to be,” Papenhuyzen replied.

“I remember just having that feeling and then just looking down and my foot was just a little bit off out to the right.

“I think the shock of seeing that and then feeling the pain was like, far out what have I done here?

“Then the pain didn’t go away and you feel everyone come around you and you just get this feeling that you know it is really bad.

“I remember just rolling around in pain and to be honest it was probably more painful than my knee.

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Papenhuyzen’s social media post from hospital.Source: Supplied

“I think visually seeing it and seeing that is not where it is meant to be.”

Papenhuyzen slammed so-called NRL fans for taking the freak injury out on Asofa-Solomona after he fell on his ankle.

“I guess it was a bit unlucky I got caught under Nelson,” Papenhuyzen said.

“Poor Nelson he had been getting messages form I wouldn’t say fans if they are saying this stuff to him, but he has been copping it pretty hard since then.

“Just about, why would you throw yourself in that position? And all this sorts of stuff.

“I was just like, mate accidents happen.

“He came and visited me in hospital the next day and just reassured him that there was no hard feelings.

“It is what it is. That’s footy sometimes.”

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Cameron Munster also took aim at fans for directing abuse at the Storm enforcer.

“It’s pretty poor people messaging Nelson about it,” Munster said.

“It is a contact sport unfortunately.”

“They don’t understand what the game is about,” Hughes added.

“It just goes to show they don’t understand the game,” Papenhuyzen agreed.

“It was a freak incident.”

Papenhuyzen also revealed the delay in the medical team attending to him on the field was due to a cardiac arrest in the stands that night at Suncorp.

“I don’t know it is just first coming to terms with it and then going down to the sheds after,” Papenhuyzen explained.

“This is what the medicos were telling me after. There was a cardiac arrest up in one of the top stands, so they were attending to that.

“And that’s why they told me it took so long for them to come down onto the field.

“But hopefully the bloke is alright. I think he was stable.”

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