Ticats receiver learns injury lessonInfection in cut foot sidelined Mann for six weeks
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Tiger-Cats receiver Maurice Mann was on fire to start the 2011 CFL campaign before a cut foot led to an infection that sidelined him for six weeks. (Reuters)
MONCTON, N.B. - Maurice Mann knows now not to let the door hit him on the way out.
Unfortunately for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver, he had to find out the hard way.
For the first two weeks of this CFL season, Mann was the go-to guy for Kevin Glenn and the Ticats offence.
A day before a Week 3 meeting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a door in the locker-room cut the back of his foot.
The freak accident cost him six games.
“The door was closing faster than I could lift my foot up,” said Mann, who returned to the Ticats lineup three weeks ago.
“I don’t like to tell people I got caught by a door. It got me.
“We tried to speed up the healing process. That’s not how your body wants you to act.”
With his foot stitched, Mann tried to play through it, which caused an infection that took nearly two months to clear up.
“You can’t rush those things,” Mann said. “It was something where I should have sat down and watched TV until it was fully healed.”
Mann burst out of the gate this season, making nine catches for 120 yard and a touchdown in the season-opener.
The Nevada product finally looked like he would become the big-number receiver many people thought he could be in this league.
His best season was 2009 with Edmonton, where he came just short of getting 1,000 yards.
Although he finished with 73 catches for 917 yards, the Eskimos traded him to Hamilton for defensive back Chris Thompson.
Since returning to the lineup, Mann hasn’t equaled what he did early in the season. He managed to get a touchdown in his first game back, but he has just a 8.3-yard average on 12 catches in three games.
Certainly, the injury derailed what was looking like a breakout campaign for the 29-year-old.
“It is the strangest thing that’s happened to me,” Mann said.
“It was a humbling experience because I was so excited to come out and put myself in position to be one of the dominant players in the league.
“It’s tough but at the same time, it’s the game. At least I’m still in my 20s and I can come back and do my thing.”