Nobody likes to see an athlete's season— or even career— cut short but, if you are old enough to remember Lawrence Taylor's infamous hit on Joe Theismann on a Monday Night Football game in 1985, Tennessee Titans Marc Mariani's gruesome broken leg injury injury brought back those same nightmares.
Mariani broke his left leg while returning a punt against the Arizona Cardinals. Replay showed he snapped his leg near the calf as he went to the ground at the end of a 14-yard return with 9:40 left in the first quarter Thursday night.
He remained on the ground for several minutes as a team doctor put an air cast around his broken leg. He was carted off the field after a few teammates came over to comfort him.
Not surprisingly, he did not return to the sidelines.
Mariani, a seventh-round draft pick out of Montana, was a Pro-Bowl returner in 2010.
Best wishes for a speedy return— in more ways than one.