Mariota donned a glove on his right hand when he entered last Sunday's eventual win at Jacksonville, but downfield throws were not a part of the equation due to lingering issues with his elbow and hand. After Mariota practiced in full this week, Vrabel seems to think such throws will be sprinkled into the game plan Sunday, boosting the prospects of Mariota and the Titans' skill-position talent. There's nowhere to go but up for Mariota on the heels of a 100-yard passing performance Week 3.
Mariota (elbow) entered Sunday's game against the Jaguars after Blaine Gabbert, who started the game, headed to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion, per Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site.
Mariota, who has been nursing an elbow injury, began the game as the team's backup, but once Gabbert was forced out of the game, Mariota took over at QB for the Titans. It remains to be seen how much his elbow injury affects his grip (and throwing), but with Tennessee only carrying two signal-callers on their active roster, the team had no choice but to turn to Mariota, even at less that 100 percent.
Mariota (elbow), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, is expected to be active for the contest but will likely serve as the backup quarterback behind Blaine Gabbert, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
With Mariota's ulnar nerve issue proving bothersome for the second straight week, the Titans don't appear fully confident in his ability to direct the offense just yet. Mariota managed three limited practices this week and reportedly demonstrated some progress at Thursday's session, but the Titans appear set to proceed with Gabbert as their quarterback until Mariota regains complete feeling in his right hand. While filling in for Mariota in Week 2 against the Texans, Gabbert underwhelmed with 13 completions on 20 attempts for 117 yards and a touchdown, but his performance was good enough to guide the Titans to a 20-17 win.
Mariota was active Week 2 but didn't take any snaps due to lingering numbness and tingling in his right hand, which has been his reality during Week 3 prep. He appeared to look close to usual self at Thursday's practice, but the Titans still seem to be wary about introducing him to in-game contact. Coach Mike Vrabel said Friday that the team will make a decision on Mariota in the next 24 hours. If Mariota is eventually ruled out, Blaine Gabbert will get the nod at quarterback.
Coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday that Mariota (elbow) will be re-evaluated Wednesday, Travis Haney of The Athleticreports.
The Titans have taken a cautious approach with Mariota, and Vrabel reiterated earlier in the week that the young quarterback wouldn't be rushed back onto the field. Wednesday's update should provide a clue as to Mariota's availability in Week 3, though even if he can return to the field, he will draw a tough matchup at Jacksonville.
|7||10/21/18||@ LAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/18||@ DAL||8:15 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/18||@ HOU||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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