NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota did not practice on Wednesday as the team kicked off the practice week leading up to Sunday's game vs. the Colts.
Mariota said he's "just trying to get back" when asked about his physical condition. He's recovering from a stinger he suffered on Saturday against the Redskins.
"Finding every way I can to be available, and we're just going to take it one day at a time," Mariota told reporters. "Of course I am optimistic. This is what it is about -- you are playing for everything. I am doing everything I can, day and night, to try and make sure that I can be ready."
Quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Austin Davis practiced on Wednesday, as Mariota remained inside Saint Thomas Sports Park getting treatment. Mariota said he remains in communication with offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and Blaine Gabbert, his back-up.
Mariota said he wants to play. Mariota is listed on the team's Injury Report with neck and foot injuries.
"There is no timetable," Mariota said. "If I can go and it is Sunday at 5 o'clock, by all means. We're just taking it one day at a time and I am going to do my best to be available."
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he's hopeful Mariota's condition will improve.
"We are hopeful he can practice tomorrow, and we'll see where he's at and how he feels after a day of treatment, and some rest," Vrabel said. "We'll see where that goes and try and work him back in."
The Titans are scheduled to practice on Thursday and Friday in preparation for Sunday's game against the Colts. The Titans, winners of four straight, need a win to advance into the playoffs.
Mariota suffered the injury late in the first half of Saturday's game vs. the Redskins, and he did not return.
Gabbert stepped in for Mariota, and guided the Titans to a 25-16 win.
Mariota was injured after being sacked on a first-and-10 play from the Redskins 14. Trainers examined Mariota on the field, and he headed to the locker room prior to the half. Mariota remained in the locker room during the second half of the contest. Mariota completed 10-of-13 passes for 110 yards before leaving the contest.
Mariota said he believes he is capable of performing well even if he misses practice time during the week. He acknowledged dealing with injuries has been frustrating.
"It is frustrating," Mariota said. "I think any athlete would tell you when they are not available, not able to be out there with the guys, it is frustrating."
The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)