The lacerations on Irving Fryar's right hand, which will keep the New England Patriots wide receiver from playing in Sunday's American Football Conference title game against Miami, were suffered during an argument between Fryar and his pregnant wife, a newspaper reported today.
Fryar severed a tendon in his little finger and cut two other fingers in a dispute with his wife Jacqueline at their suburban Boston home Wednesday, according to the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass.
Fryar, the league's leading punt returner, who left here today to return to Boston, had told team officials and reporters he had suffered the injury when he was putting a sharp knife into a drawer and the knife jammed on the counter top.
"I don't want to talk about it," said New England Coach Raymond Berry. "There's no sense in talking about it."
The Patriots issued a statment today that read: "Irving Fryar has returned to Boston to resolve some personal issues which developed this week. The Patriots have pledged their full support and resources to help the Fryars. The Patriots will have no further comment on this matter."
Mary Hill, executive vice president of Goddard Memorial Hospital, where Fryar initially was treated, confirmed that Jacqueline Fryar was examined at the hospital shortly after her husband arrived. She is four or five months pregnant, Hill said.
"She came in with bruises, but really I think her main concern was her pregnancy," Hill told the Associated Press. "She wanted reassurance that her baby was all right because of the bruises."
Hill said Mrs. Fryar was examined by a physician, who found the baby was fine.
The Fryars were married last January. They recently purchased a condominium in Easton, Mass.