HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Just as Jared Lorenzen was gaining internet fame, his football future is in doubt.
Lorenzen, the former NFL quarterback who plays for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League, sustained a broken right leg during play Sunday.
With 11:23 to play in the second quarter, a defender dove at Lorenzen's legs. The 6-4, 320-pound left-hander was helped off the field by several trainers and taken to a nearby hospital. Lorenzen confirmed on social media that he broke his tibia and will have surgery next week.
Lorenzen, who won a Super Bowl ring as Eli Manning's backup quarterback in 2007, went viral last week when video showed the "Hefty Lefty" in action during the River Monsters' season opener.
He didn't make it through his next game because he was tackled low, fell hard on the concrete-like turf.
Team owner Jill Chitwood said she heard players on the opposing team, the Erie Explosion, cheer when Lorenzen went down.
Triners helped him off the field and onto a training table on the sideline. After they wrapped his ankle, he lied down and put a towel over his red face. His father, Joe, rushed to his side and whispered in his ear. Within 10 minutes, paramedics helped him onto a stretcher and took him to a local hospital.
As he was wheeled out of the Bank of Kentucky Center, teammates yelled, "We're praying for you, boy."