When reached on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon, Bates said he remained in a "state of shock'' from the accident, but maintained much of his trademark good humor.
"I'm doing pretty well,'' Bates said before adding with a dry laugh, "for being immobilized.''
This injury isn't the first one the couple has experienced. Back in 2007 at the World Junior Championships, Samuelson fell during the free dance and Bates accidentally stepped on her, slicing a tendon in the middle finger of her left hand.
But if past history is any proof of this team's resiliency, note this: After Samuelson underwent surgery for her finger in Germany (the first time she ever had surgery of any kind), she made it back to junior worlds in time for the awards banquet.
"Emily feels really, really bad about this,'' Bates said, "but now I guess it's even between the two of us.''