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Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers leaves practice with ants in his pants


Lawrence Vickers (right) was feeling unpleasantly antsy at Wednesday’s practice. (David J. Phillip/AP)

“What’s the problem, Jimmy? Do you have ants in your pants?”

It’s a silly thought — so silly, in fact, that Hasbro turned it into a game years ago — but you wouldn’t be laughing if it actually happened to you.

So try to have a shred of empathy for Dallas Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers who was enjoying team practice Wednesday when he suddenly felt a bunch of tiny legs crawling inside his pants.

“I was doing the play. I was running, and I was blocking someone,” Vickers told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Then I walk off, and I’m like, ‘Oh snap.’ And I pulled my pants down to see, and I saw ants.”

Vickers sprinted off the field and into the locker room where he showered off and took Benadryl before rejoining the OTA session.

“As soon as I got bit, I was like, ‘No,’ because I didn’t want to freak out,” Vickers said. “I wanted to pull my pants down and run inside, but I couldn’t do that.”

This had to be a fluke incident, right? Well, not for Vickers. Four months ago ants invaded his pants while he was stretching in a grassy area. When he started wheezing, Vickers drove himself to a pharmacy to get medication. He carries an EpiPen shot for allergic emergencies.

Vickers, a seven-year veteran, was released by the Texans this offseason and signed a two-year deal with Dallas. But if they want to keep him on the field and blocking for running back DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys would be wise to invest in a few bottles of Raid.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.
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