Marcus Mariota does limited work in Thursday's practice
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota made a limited return to practice on Thursday with the stinger that has caused problems in his throwing arm.
The Titans remain hopeful that Mariota can play in Sunday night’s win-and-in regular-season finale against the Indianapolis Colts. Mariota suffered the injury in the second quarter of last Saturday’s win over the Washington Redskins and did not return to that game, as backup Blaine Gabbert rallied Tennessee to a win.
Mariota has been knocked out of games three times this season with a similar injury that has caused him to have issues with numbness and tingling in his throwing arm.
Mariota sat out Wednesday’s practice to get treatment for his injury, but did some work in Thursday’s session.
“He did some stuff, just to make sure that we’re progressing along,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “I think that’s the most important thing. He didn’t take the reps that he would normally take, but he did enough to where we feel like we can move on to tomorrow and see where we are there.”
Mariota’s return is a step in the right direction toward playing Sunday night, though Vrabel would not tip his hand on his quarterback’s condition.
“He went from did not practice to limited, so whatever that step is, that’s what it was,” Vrabel said of Mariota’s improvement.
In addition to Mariota, the Titans were able to get veteran outside linebacker Brian Orakpo back on the field in limited work as well. Orakpo has been out the past two games with an elbow injury suffered against Jacksonville earlier this month.
Not all the news was positive, as wide receiver Corey Davis was listed as limited on Thursday, appearing on the injury report with a hamstring injury. Additionally, receiver Tajae Sharpe remains limited with an ankle issue.
Linebacker Sharif Finch was a full participant in practice for the second straight day as he makes his way back from a left shoulder injury.