Titans QB Mariota listed as questionable for Sunday night
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was limited for the second straight day in Friday’s practice and was officially listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Titans and Colts are both 9-6 and the winner of the game will reach the AFC playoffs, while the loser is eliminated.
Mariota exited last Saturday’s 25-16 victory over the Washington Redskins with a stinger late in the first half and did not return to the game. It marked the third time this season Mariota has been knocked out of the game with a similar injury.
“It was about the same as it was yesterday,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of his quarterback. “Limited. We gave him some stuff to do, and he did some stuff. So we’ll just keep seeing where it goes and find 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.”
Backup Blaine Gabbert rallied the Titans to their win over the Redskins, and would get the start if Mariota is not available. The Titans also re-signed quarterback Austin Davis on Monday to provide insurance and run the scout team in practice during the week.
“We could always keep three (quarterbacks active Sunday),” Vrabel said. “We had six (inside linebackers) last week. There are some things we can do to be able to keep three quarterbacks.”
Vrabel said the news was not as encouraging for veteran outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who was ruled out for the third straight week with an elbow injury.
Receivers Corey Davis (hamstring) and Tajae Sharpe (ankle) were limited in practice Friday but received no injury designation. Linebacker Sharif Finch (shoulder) was a full participant for the third straight day and has no injury designation.