Tennessee Titans wideout Justin Hunter suffered a lacerated spleen in the Titans defeat at the Houston Texans on Sunday, according to reports.
As a result of the condition, reports have revealed that the talented 23-year-old is currently hospitalized in Houston, where he is being treated for a sickening lacerated spleen injury.
The injury is the result of a brutal hit that Justin Hunter suffered during the game. You can see the savage hit Danieal Manning delivered on Hunter on THIS LINK.
Hunter suffered internal bleeding
Following the hit, Hunter is reported to have suffered internal bleeding and proceeded to cough up a significant amount of blood.
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Hunter did this by going through the pain barrier to the extreme when he went back into the game. Of course, at that time the Titans and Hunter didn't know the seriousness of his injury and the whole incident could have been so much worse, with Hunter's condition not believed to be not life-threatening at this stage.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport has reported that Hunter will remain in hospital in Houston for the next day or so, with doctors keen to do as many tests as possible on him. Rapoport revealed that Hunter is not expected to need surgery at this stage.
Rather than simply reporting the news, FoxSports took the insensitive and frankly bizarre move of blaming the injury on quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
"Poor Justin Hunter. The Tennessee Titans wide receiver was the target of a Zach Mettenberger pass on Sunday afternoon against the Houston Texans," FoxSports wrote.
"Of course, the pass went wide and was picked off by Johnathan Joseph. But it was Hunter who ended up in a world of hurt on this play."
All we will say is that the injury was incredibly unfortunate and we wish Justin Hunter a speedy recovery.