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Mark Dayton injures himself going down stairs, cancels public appearances

Dayton is on the disabled list.
Dayton is on the disabled list.

Getting old sucks, kids. Exhibit A -- 66-year-old Mark Dayton's hip injury.

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Dayton has canceled all his public appearances for the next few days after he hurt himself Saturday while descending some stairs.

The circumstances were explained by the guv himself in a statement released yesterday:

"Early Saturday afternoon, I was hurrying down the stairs at the Residence to go to a DFL beanbag event. Since it was very casual, I had on my jeans and sneakers. I took the bottom two steps together, landed on my left leg, and pivoted toward the hallway. Suddenly I felt and heard a loud 'pop' in front of my left hipbone, followed by a spasm of pain. The problem was more than the pain, though. I couldn't walk normally. I had little strength in my left leg.

"I rested it all day Sunday; then Monday morning arranged to go to the Mayo Clinic for an evaluation. They took x-rays, conducted other tests, and concluded that I had torn the Sartorius muscle in my left hip. I had both injured the muscle and also torn it (detached it) from my left hipbone. It is not a major muscle; but it is a weight-bearing and stabilizing muscle, which explains my instability, which will persist until other muscles are trained to take over its functions.

"The doctors concluded there was no apparent damage to the hipbone, no stress fracture, etc. That was the good news. They recommended rest, physical therapy, ice and anti-inflammatories, and the use of a cane or a crutch for the next couple weeks. If there is not noticeable improvement, I am to return to them."

We just have one question -- would Jesse "I ain't got time to bleed" Ventura ever have canceled public appearances because of a little boo-boo on his hip?

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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