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Titans QB Marcus Mariota (MCL sprain) hopes to return in Week 17

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota hopes to return to the field in Week 17 against the Colts.
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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota hopes to return to the field for his team’s Week 17 game against the Indianapolis Colts, reportsThe Tennessean’s Jason Wolf.

Mariota, who sprained the MCL in his right knee Sunday against the New England Patriots, was ruled out for the remainder of the season. Despite the Titans’ elimination from postseason contention, Mariota will attempt to play in the season finale on Jan. 3.

“The frustration of not being able to be out there with the guys bothers me more than what’s going on with my knee,” Mariota said Wednesday.

Mariota missed two games in October with another knee injury. Titans backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger has started this season in Mariota’s absence.

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Mariota, the No. 2 pick of the 2015 NFL draft, has thrown for 2,818 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. He has completed 62.2% of his passes, with a 91.5 rating.

The Titans (3–11) host the Houston Texans (7–7) on Sunday at LP Field.