Dallas Anchor Sidelined by Hairline Fracture

By Mark Joyella 

WFAA anchor John McCaa describes it as “some of the worst pain I have ever had,” and the injury has left him off the air and largely unable to speak.

“I still have some pain, but the greater problem is part of my jaw and lower lip are numb,” he told Dallas media writer Ed Bark.

What happened? French bread, apparently:

McCaa said he had a pair of back teeth extracted two weeks ago and hoped to have them replaced with implants.

But last week, while eating a piece of french bread with “the teeth on the opposite side of my mouth, I heard something that sounded similar to the cracking of ice underfoot in the winter.

Surgeons discovered a hairline jaw fracture, leading to surgery and “a pair of metal plates.” He’s on leave until his jaw heals–and he regains full feeling in his lower lip.