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Titans QB Marcus Mariota (MCL sprain) returns to practice

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to practice on Wednesday.
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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to practice on Wednesday, reports Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.

Mariota underwent an MRI last week that revealed he had a sprained MCL in his left knee. He was ruled out of last Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. His status for Tennessee’s Week 8 game against the Texans has yet to be determined.

The quarterback sustained the injury in the first half of the Titans’ 38–10 loss to the Dolphins on Oct. 18 on a low hit by Miami defensive end Olivier Vernon. Mariota played the rest of the game with a knee brace.

Vernon was penalized for roughing the passer on the play. After the game, Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he felt that Vernon’s hit was dirty. The NFL later fined Vernon for the controversial hit.

Zach Mettenberger started in place of Mariota in the team’s 10–7 loss to Atlanta last week. He threw for 187 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the defeat.

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