Tennessee Titans kick returner and wide receiver Marc Mariani will undergo surgery tonight to repair an open leg fracture suffered on a kick return Thursday night during the Titans' preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Though the recovery will be lengthy, no timetable has been set for Mariani's return, according to Schefter.
In 16 games in 2011, Mariani collected five receptions for 24 yards, but shined most as a returner for the Titans, gaining a Pro Bowl selection because of his exploits on returns. His 1,530 yards on returns in 2010 is a Oilers/Titans team record.
Mariani returned all of the Titans kickoffs and all but one of the Titans' punt returns in 2011.
Mariani, who was entering his third year in the league, also recorded three tackles in 2011. The injury likely opens up another roster spot for a special teams player.
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