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Titans Returner Breaks Leg On Punt Return Against Cardinals

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 17:  Wide receiver Marc Mariani #83 of the Tennessee Titans returns a kick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFL preseason game August 17, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 17: Wide receiver Marc Mariani #83 of the Tennessee Titans returns a kick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFL preseason game August 17, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee returner Marc Mariani has broken his left leg at the end of a punt return in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.

Replay showed his leg snapping near the calf as he went to the ground at the end of 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 lower leg.

He was carted off the field after a few teammates came by to talk with him. A team spokesman announced Mariani would not return with a broken leg.

Mariani, a seventh-round draft pick out of Montana, was a Pro Bowl returner in 2010.

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