OUTMarcus Mariota
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3 weeks ago

A spine doctor told Mariota (neck/foot) he shouldn't play in Sunday's game against the Colts, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota suffered a stinger on the right side of his neck the previous week, leading to numbness and tingling in his throwing arm for a third time this season. He dealt with similar symptoms in September and then again in November, though the first time it was reported as an elbow injury rather than any problem with his neck. Mariota likely will require additional medical evaluation during the offseason, not to mention a prolonged period of rest. His fifth-year option for 2019 is guaranteed for injury only, but the Titans likely will keep him under contract even if he gains medical clearance before the start of the league year in March. It's unclear if the neck injuries are a short-term problem or something he will always be susceptible to.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
3 weeks ago

Mariota (neck/foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Mariota inactive, Blaine Gabbert will start Sunday night's win-or-go home contest, with Austin Davis on hand to serve as his backup.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
3 weeks ago1 Comment

Mariota (neck), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, isn't expected to play in the contest, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously relayed that Mariota would warm up with the intention of playing through the stinger on the right side of his neck in the regular-season finale, but Mortensen's report suggests the Titans aren't yet comfortable clearing him for action. Citing sources, Mortensen notes that Mariota's stinger puts him at risk of further damage to his neck, so it's expected Tennessee will err on the side of caution, even with a playoff berth up for grabs. Mariota's status won't be known officially until the Titans release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. EST kickoff, but assuming the top signal-caller is unavailable for the contest, Blaine Gabbert would garner the starting nod for the all-important Week 17 game.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
3 weeks ago

Mariota (neck/foot) will warmup pre-game with the intention of playing Sunday against the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota, who is questionable with a stinger, will have a better idea about his status after warming up. He's not expected to be 100 percent but is hoping to play. Whether or not he plays, the Titans plan to lean on their running game behind the renascent Derrick Henry.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
3 weeks ago

Mariota (neck/foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Colts after practicing in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Mariota still limited after suffering a stinger in Week 16, coach Mike Vrabel indicated that the team will have further discussions regarding who will start at quarterback in Sunday's win-and-in showdown against Indianapolis. "About the same as it was yesterday," Vrabel said of Mariota's practice performance Friday. "(He was) limited, and we gave him some stuff to do, and he did some stuff. So we'll kind of just keep seeing where it goes, and figure out who gives us the best chance, and how he feels. We want to make sure he can go out there and do his job at a high level." With all that in mind, Mariota is a dicey fantasy option in Week 17, given that the Titans kick off at 8:20 ET on Sunday. Considering the significance of the game, he'll no doubt do everything in his power to play, but if Mariota doesn't progress to the point needed to do so, Blaine Gabbert would start in his place.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
3 weeks ago

Coach Mike Vrabel called Mariota (neck) a "limited" participant at Friday's practice, Travis Haney of The Athletic reports. "We'll just keep seeing where it goes and who gives us the best chance [Sunday against the Colts]," Vrabel said regarding the quarterback situation.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota more or less looked the same Friday as he did at Thursday's session. After that one, Vrabel mentioned to Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site that Mariota "didn't take the reps that he would normally take." On Friday, Vrabel told Turron Davenport of ESPN.com that Mariota will participate in a workout Saturday to determine where he stands with his stinger. According to Wyatt, Vrabel hasn't ruled out keeping Mariota, Blaine Gabbert and Austin Davis active Sunday. However, with the AFC South on the line, Mariota gives the Titans the best chance to reach the postseason for a second consecutive campaign.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
4 weeks ago

Mariota (neck/foot) was officially limited at practice Thursday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota missed practice Wednesday due to a stinger that he suffered in Week 16, but he returned to the field Thursday and "did some stuff," per coach Mike Vrabel, who added that the QB "didn't take the reps that he would normally take, but he took enough to feel like we can move on to (Friday) and see where we're at there." With a playoff spot at stake, Mariota has indicated that he'll do everything he can to play this weekend, but there's a decent chance that he'll end up officially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest and that he'll be classified as a game-time decision for the Titans' 8:20 ET kickoff. Blaine Gabbert waits in the wings in the event that Mariota is unable to play or suffers any in-game setbacks if he does.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
4 weeks ago

Mariota (stinger) was able to get some throwing in at Thursday's practice, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

We'll have to see how the Titans officially list Mariota's participation level, but his presence on the field Thursday and ability to throw in the process, would appear to bode well for the QB's chances of giving it a go Sunday against the Colts. Per John Glennon of The Athletic, Mariota, who appeared to split reps with fellow signal-caller Blaine Gabbert, was able to make both "short and long throws, probably less velocity than normal."

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
4 weeks ago

Coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota (elbow) could play in Sunday's game against the Colts without practicing at all this week, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Titans haven't ruled out a Thursday return to practice, but there also isn't a ton of cause for optimism. Held out of Wednesday's session, Mariota revealed in a radio interview that the right side of his body was numb and tingling after he hurt his throwing elbow during Sunday's 25-16 win over the Redskins. The Titans have already added fellow quarterback Austin Davis to the 53-man roster, essentially admitting there is serious concern about Mariota's availability for a win-or-go-home matchup with the Colts on Sunday night. While he may not require practice in order to play, Mariota will be facing long odds if he doesn't make it back by Friday. Blaine Gabbert is next in line for the start.

OUTMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
4 weeks ago

Coach Mike Vrabel hopes that Mariota (stinger) can practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota did not practice Wednesday, instead undergoing treatment related to the stinger he suffered in Week 16. Mariota's status for Sunday's win-or-go-home contest against the Colts won't be clarified until later this week, but the QB noted "I'll do everything in my power to see if I can go." In Mariota's absence at practice Wednesday, Blaine Gabbert handled first-team reps.