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Titans WR/KR Marc Mariani Believes He'll Return From Gruesome Injury
Titans WR/KR Marc Mariani suffered a compound fracture in his left leg when his tibia and fibula snapped above his ankle on August 23, 2012, during a preseason game against the Cardinals. Mariani tells The Tennessean that he's feeling good just eight months after his gruesome injury.
“In the moment, there was a lot of frustration and nervousness and me being unsure about how things would turn out, whether I could ever come back,’’ Mariani said. “But now, eight months removed, I am feeling good and feeling healthy. I’m making progress.
“It has been a long journey, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Mariani believes he’s on track to play in 2013. He began running six weeks ago, and on April 5 he put cleats on for the first time since the injury to do some change-of-direction drills.
After sitting out the 2012 season, he’s as motivated as ever.
“Watching the boys play on Sundays last year was the biggest motivation I could’ve ever had because I don’t want to be in those stands until I have to be. It was hard watching,’’ Mariani said. “I feel fortunate that I am going to get an opportunity to be back out there. A lot of times, guys don’t get that realization until their career is over, when they have to watch.
“I got to watch this year and got a new perspective, and now I am really, really excited and looking forward to getting that helmet back on. I can’t wait. I don’t care how hard I get hit. I know I still have work to do, but I am looking forward to that day very much.”
Source: The Tennessean
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