FRISCO, Texas-The short video made its rounds on social media, a 10-second clip that appeared to show North Dakota State offensive guard Austin Kuhnert playing doctor-to himself.
The camera angle caught Kuhnert getting up from the turf at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome and walking back toward the huddle with his left arm draped in pain. Kuhnert then took his right arm, cupped his left elbow and gave it a couple tugs as to force his dislocated elbow back into place.
Which is exactly what happened.
"The third play of the game, red zone, I probably fell on it funny and I got up and noticed I couldn't move it hardly," Kuhnert said. "Just rotated it in, it popped and it felt better after that."
It came in the semifinals against Sam Houston State (Texas), a victory that got the Bison into Saturday's FCS title game against James Madison University. The kicker is Kuhnert did not miss a play. His self-diagnosis and reaction did not appear to phase any of his Bison teammates who caught a glimpse of it.
It's part of the toughness that linebacker Nick DeLuca said is commonplace with the Bison players.
"Our rams (offensive linemen) definitely pride themselves in being tough," DeLuca said. "Austin is a great representation of that. I've personally never had to do that. Doc Piatt popped my shoulder back in for me. There's some tough dudes, no doubt."
DeLuca overcame shoulder surgery last year that ended his season after three games. He had surgery with NDSU team doctor Bruce Piatt.
Kuhnert's analysis of his elbow came during the Friday media conference at Toyota Stadium that included DeLuca and teammates Tre Dempsey and Easton Stick and head coach Chris Klieman. It also came after JMU's press conference that included head coach Mike Houston and four Dukes players.
The questions usually center around basic football talk like who's favored or the feelings of being in a title game. It's not often a player gets a chance to describe fixing his own elbow between plays.
"I was good to go," Kuhnert said. "Gotta be a man."