Though Marcus Mariota played the majority of the Titans' game after taking a late and low shot to his left knee on Sunday, his status for the team's upcoming game against the 5-1 Falcons could be in jeopardy. Mariota underwent an MRI following the Titans' loss to the Dolphins and according to coach Ken Whisenhunt on Monday, Mariota suffered a sprained MCL.
Whisenhunt didn't reveal whether or not Mariota will be able to gut it out again on Sunday, instead saying that they'll have to see how it goes at practice throughout the week.
Whisenhunt: Marcus Mariota had an MRI. He has a sprained MCL. But he's walking around fine. We'll see how it goes this week.— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 19, 2015
Whisenhunt: We need to see how Mariota progresses this week. "We aren't going to do anything to put him into any kind of jeopardy."— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 19, 2015
Even if Mariota is able to play, his mobility -- one of his strengths -- could be limited against the Falcons. Atlanta's defense is currently ranked 12th in the league with 14 sacks. Meanwhile, the Titans have given up the eighth most sacks in the league. Furthermore, it's worth noting that Mariota has had fumbling issues thus far. Against the Dolphins, Mariota fumbled twice and lost both of those fumbles. It could be something to watch if Mariota is hobbled inside the pocket.
Mariota's injury occurred when Olivier Vernon hit his knee during a late hit that the officials flagged.
After the game, Mariota said that Vernon apologized to him but Whisenhunt didn't hold back in his postgame press conference, using expletives to describe the hit.
"I think it was done with the idea of trying to hurt our QB and that's bulls--- football," Whisenhunt said.