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

Feb 12, 2016; Kingston, RI, USA; Rhode Island Rams guard Jarvis Garrett (1) dribbles the ball against the Dayton Flyers during the first half at Thomas M. Ryan Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

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.

Feb 12, 2016; Kingston, RI, USA; Rhode Island Rams guard Jarvis Garrett (1) looks at the scoreboard during the first half of a game against the Dayton Flyers at Thomas M. Ryan Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
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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