Mularkey said his reason for not starting Mariota is because it is “not worth the risk” of re-injuring the quarterback’s knee. Mariota has been limited by the injury, as it has caused him to miss three games this season.
The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner has completed 62% of his passes for 2,818 yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 91.5 passer rating in his rookie season. He has also rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries.
Backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger has started in Mariota’s absence, and has failed to win a game.
The Titans are tied for the worst record in the NFL at 3–12 entering the final game of the regular season.
- Christopher Chavez