Man behind Chiefs' KC Wolf mascot hospitalized after stunt gone wrong

The Kansas City Chiefs will not confirm the extent of Dan Meers' injuries or how he was hurt but do say he is expected to make a full recovery. (@kcwolf/Twitter)

The man inside the KC Wolf mascot was injured over the weekend while practicing a stunt for Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Dan Meers suffered serious injuries on Saturday when rehearsing a zip-line routine. His attorney, Tim Dollar, said his injuries appear to be related to the manner in which a third-party company secured the riggings, however an investigation is pending.

Meers, who has been with the Chiefs as the team's beloved KC Wolf for 24 years, underwent surgery on Sunday and is in stable condition.

"The Meers family want to express their sincerest gratitude to the Chiefs organization for their support during this time and over the years. In addition, the family wants to thank Chiefs fans as well as the greater Kansas City community for their expressions of love and support. Dan Meers is a man of faith and deeply appreciates your prayers during his ongoing recovery," Dollar said in a written statement. Dollar declined to discuss the details of Meers' injuries. KCTV5 has reported that he suffered a broken back and other broken bones.

The federal agency, OSHA, is aware of the accident and could investigate.

In addition to helping lead cheers at games, Meers in costume makes numerous community appearances throughout the area, including talking to children about nutrition and life as the popular Chiefs mascot.

"One of the things I like about my job is I get to meet a lot of people and I get to travel to a lot of places," Meers said in April when he talked to a group of children in Nebraska.

Meers is married and has three children.

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