Bengals punter Kevin Huber fractures jaw on massive hit from Terence Garvin

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals lost their punter and holder on a massive, massive hit.

Nothing makes us cringe like specialists getting wrecked by big hits. Kickers and punters are incredible at their jobs, but they're perennially out of place on a field with 4.4 40-runners, 300-pounders, and other superhumans. And when their (relatively) tiny bodies take massive hits, it reminds us why we're glad we don't play football.

We got a punter hit for the ages Sunday night on a 67-yard punt return touchdown by Antonio Brown, with Kevin Huber getting absolutely destroyed by Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin just ahead of the play.

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BOOM. And although it looks like there's some helmet-to-helmet going on, this was deemed a legal hit.

Huber would fracture his jaw and miss the rest of the game -- and before you say "oh, he should still be kicking with just his mouth hurt" -- that means his mouth is probably wired shut right now. That's like, a car accident injury.

The Bengals' special teams take a huge dip with Huber out, since he doesn't really have a backup. Mike Nugent assumed punting duties, squeezing off a wobbly 37-yarder on his first attempt that spent most of its time dribbling along the ground. Huber is also the team's holder on field goals, and although you think it's a pretty insignificant task, things have a tendency to go pretty wrong when a team's holder is out.

It's probably been the least fun night of the Cincinnati native's career -- he'd previously fumbled a snap and was tackled on Cincinnati's one-yard line, leading to a nearly immediate Steelers touchdown.

America's favorite punter had a take on this:
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