Former Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich suffered a serious injury to his left knee on opening day of training camp with his new team, The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
"I'm devastated. You never think it's going to happen to you," Marinovich told the Los Angeles Times after Friday's injury.Marinovich could be out for a year. Team physician A.E. Longstaffe is scheduled to perform arthroscopic surgery Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.
The former Southern Cal player, who was waived by the Raiders last summer, injured his left anterior cruciate ligament when his leg crumpled after his cleats stuck on a well-groomed grass field at Brandon, Canada.
The Times said the injury could seriously affect Marinovich's career because he's left-handed and must plant the knee for stability while throwing.
"He was in immense pain. It was half tragic and half ironic. It was freakish," said a witness, sportswriter Dave Supleve of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Marinovich signed a two-year contract with Winnipeg last month.
"They had just opened full training camp this morning and on the very first play, it's not even a play, it's just a drill where they drop back and turn their shoulders, he blew out his knee," Supleve said.
"It was freakish," said Winnipeg quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Mike Kelly. "At first I said, `You're kidding, right?' and then I looked at his eyes and I knew he wasn't."