Mariota (fibula) is out of his walking boot and is confident he'll be ready for training camp, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. "I'm in a good spot," the quarterback remarked.
Mariota has spent the offseason in recovery from a fractured fibula he suffered in the Titans' second-to-last game of the 2016 season. After swapping a motorized scooter for a walking boot in late February, the Titans QB is now free from wearing any appendage designed to help him move about. In fact, the Hawaii native, who is currently back home and running on the beach as part of his rehab, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his recovery "is going a little better than planned." Next up for Mariota is awaiting clearance to return to football activities. He's scheduled to report to Nashville next month and will be reevaluated at that time.
Mariota has exchanged a scooter for a walking boot as he recovers from a broken right fibula, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports.
Mariota's second season came to a close in Week 16, requiring surgery on Dec. 28 to repair the afflicted fibula. In the aftermath, he was expected to avoid putting any weight on his right leg for a period of eight weeks, hence the use of a scooter in the early stages of his rehab. Now in a walking boot, as of last week, he has hit that benchmark precisely on the head. On February 15, head coach Mike Mularkey mentioned that Mariota will be treated cautiously this offseason, stating that the quarterback is unlikely to participate in drills until training camp. If the preceding comes to pass, whoever the Titans ink as Mariota's backup in free agency will direct the offense in the coming months.
Head coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday that Mariota (fibula) likely won't take part in workouts until training camp, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports.
Progress has been made from the broken right fibula that brought Mariota's second season to a close in Week 16. In particular, his rehab now includes work on a pool treadmill. Prior to the update from Mularkey, Mariota was expected to be a participant in OTAs in May or June, per Jason Wolf of The Tennessean. However, the Titans will now be "very cautious" with their franchise quarterback to ensure he avoids any setbacks as the offseason unfolds.
Mariota underwent surgery three weeks ago to repair the leg fracture he suffered during Week 16 against the Jaguars. That procedure saw a metal plate inserted into Mariota's right leg, which he still isn't able to put weight on for another five weeks, but he's gradually approaching the next phase of his recovery. In anticipation of that transition, Mariota had a checkup Wednesday that produced positive feedback, which bodes well for him returning to the field in the late spring or early summer.
The starting quarterback cannot bear weight on his right leg until early March after undergoing successful surgery last week. In total, the injury should take around four-to-five months to recover from, slating Mariota to return in time for OTAs in late-May. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the offseason. He ended his 2016 breakout campaign passing for 3426 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions to go along with 349 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 15 games.
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