Former NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who popped back up recently with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the CIFL, suffered an ankle injury in his second game with the team and had to be carried off the field by multiple teammates.
Lorenzen was injured while scrambling during a game against the Erie Explosion:
Joe Danneman of Fox 19 provided details of the injury on Twitter:
Jared Lorenzen just left the game with what looks like a bad knee injury. Stayed on the ground for several minutes in pain.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) February 9, 2014
Lorenzen just left in an ambulance. Apologized for getting hurt. Said he's not sure what's wrong with the ankle.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) February 9, 2014
One fan at the game uploaded a photo of Lorenzen's teammates carrying the quarterback along the sidelines.
Another fan, Timothy Carroll, provided a Twitter image of Lorenzen going to a cart following the injury:
Lorenzen's first game with the River Monsters, now a member of the Continental Indoor Football League, was quite the Internet sensation after bits of his performance went viral. In that game, he posted a 23-of-37 line for 183 yards with three touchdowns and interceptions in the River Monsters' 36-20 victory over the Bluegrass Warhorses.
Lorenzen is listed at 6'4" and 320 pounds and is surprisingly agile with the ball in his hands. His unique mobility and strength combination helped keep him on an NFL roster, but is especially deadly in the CIFL.
John Feitelberg was one fan to catch a glimpse of Lorenzen's agile performance:
LORENZEN SCRAMBLIN' AND SLANGIN'!!! https://t.co/JKqwy6sefb— John Feitelberg (@JFeitelberg) February 4, 2014
Lorenzen understands why he is getting so much attention in the media and says he thinks it is funny, via The Cincinnati Enquirer:
Social media is a scary, scary, crazy thing. I honestly think it’s because I was a big guy wearing a really tight, white jersey. If I am wearing blue or our opposite green, it ain’t as funny. But you see the big guy running around avoiding people and it’s funny. And I get it.
It’s great to be the flash in the pan and all that, but if you don’t have fun with this what the hell are you doing in life? Live this up, get your 15 minutes of it and bow away from it. I enjoy it, I love it, I think it’s funny.
Lorenzen spent three years in the NFL as a backup for the New York Giants after playing collegiate ball at Kentucky and going undrafted in 2004. He attempted eight passes in that span, completing four for 28 yards. His pro career then fizzled out, as he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008.
The 32-year-old really seemed to be enjoying his social-media fame and time with the River Monsters before the injury. Without Lorenzen, plenty of eyes will turn away from the CIFL, so a speedy recovery is what is best for all parties.
Regardless of how much time Lorenzen misses with the injury, his status with the team is all but assured. This is arguably the most attention the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, or the CIFL for that matter, have had in quite some time.
Any publicity is good publicity, and Lorenzen's viral antics has opened the eyes of many to the league's existence. It also helps that Lorenzen is a quality player in the league. Without him under center, the River Monsters will have a weaker offense.