Mariani isn't soon to forget the events of last Thursday in Tennessee, when he suffered a compound fracture of his lower left leg while returning a punt.
It was a grisly scene, so bad that players on the field cautioned Mariani not to look down moments after the injury. He did anyway.
"It was a scared feeling of, 'This could be it.' Your mind immediately goes to, 'Is this the last play I'll ever play? Is this the end of my career?' " Mariani said Monday, via The Tennessean. "That was kind of my worry from the get-go."
Mariani said the area above his right ankle "kind of exploded a little bit," but he didn't suffer any ligament damage. He had a metal rod placed in his lower leg, and is hoping to be ready for the 2013 season.
"There is a funny picture of my ankle just kind of hanging there and the ball still high and tight in my arms," Mariani said. "I made a joke I still have ball security, even though my ankle is flopping."
Mariani is wrong about that being funny. It's hilarious. (Author vomits into nearby garbage can.)