Report: Former Dolphins OL Shaq Calhoun seriously injured but expected to survive after being shot

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Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Shaq Calhoun was reportedly seriously injured in a shooting that occurred Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.

Calhoun was shot multiple times, but he is expected to survive, according to Birmingham police Sgt. Monica Law.

Details are murky at the moment, but authorities believe that the 26-year-old was shot in a possible robbery attempt. No arrests have been announced.

It’s clearly a terrifying situation. Hopefully, Calhoun will make a full recovery and heal both mentally and physically.

The Mississippi State University product appeared in 10 games for the Dolphins in his rookie season, which was the 2019 campaign. Of those 10 appearances, seven were starts.

The Dolphins went 5-11 that season, which was their first year under former head coach Brian Flores. It was a long season for the organization, but it gave Calhoun an opportunity to get legitimate playing time at the NFL level.

In the 2020 season, Calhoun appeared in one game for the Cincinnati Bengals, and in the 2021 campaign, he appeared in one game for the Washington Commanders, who were known at the time as the Washington Football Team.

He’s also spent time with a couple of other organizations, but Miami, Cincinnati and Washington are the only three squads he has seen game action with. Most NFL fans likely remember him best as a Dolphin.

Calhoun’s football career is a nice story, as he went undrafted out of college before earning some opportunities in the NFL. Although he hasn’t played this season, he actually appeared in a game as recently as this calendar year, as he played his lone game for Washington in January.

More details on the shooting will likely emerge at some point in the near future. As of Wednesday morning, Calhoun had not yet been able to speak to police due to his condition. It’s possible that has since changed.

The former Dolphin has been active on Instagram in the past 24 hours, so that’s certainly a good sign. Hopefully, more good news will surface soon regarding his condition as he fights through a difficult time.

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