Rhode Island G Jarvis Garrett Wears Wicked Mask to Protect Jaw Injury

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Rhode Island G Jarvis Garrett Wears Wicked Mask to Protect Jaw Injury
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

It's not uncommon for basketball players to wear masks on the court to protect facial injuries, but Rhode Island Rams guard Jarvis Garrett has taken the mask game to a whole new level.

On Jan. 30 against the St. Joseph's Hawks, Garrett had a tooth knocked out and his jaw broken while playing defense. The sophomore had to miss a game because of the injury but quickly got back into action. Now, he has to wear a protective mask when he plays so he can safeguard a broken maxilla bone.

Garrett's mask isn't as basic as the ones most rehabbing players wear, however. It's like something you would see in a horror film.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Rhode Island student section has certainly been supportive of the Hannibal Lecter-style mask:

In case you were wondering, here's how the Rams guard refuels during games:

Garrett hasn't had much trouble playing in the mask. In three games since returning from the injury, he has averaged 18.7 points (on 52.2 percent shooting) and four assists.

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