Mariota Practices Again, but Status Remains Uncertain


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was back on the practice field on Thursday, but his status for Sunday's game against the Texans remains uncertain.

Mariota, who missed last Sunday's game against the Falcons with a knee injury, went through some passing routes and did some handoffs in individual drills, he said a day earlier. He was not scheduled to talk to reporters on Thursday.

"He did more today, and it's obvious he is getting better, is feeling better,'' Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Mariota. "We are just kind of day by day. We are hopeful that he can do more tomorrow and that will tell us a lot."

Whisenhunt said there's a chance the team could make a determination on Mariota on Friday. Mariota was listed as "limited" on the team's Injury Report on Thursday.

"He is getting better, and that is a good thing,'' Whisenhunt said. "Hopefully he'll do a little more tomorrow. We'll find out, and we'll see then. I don't have much more to say other than that at this point."

Asked if Mariota would play if the Titans had a game on Friday, Whisenhunt smiled.

"Wow,'' Whisenhunt said. "There is not a game tomorrow, so I'm going to beg out on that point."

Mariota missed all three days of practice last week. On the Friday before the team's game against the Falcons, Whisenhunt ruled Mariota out for the game. Mariota suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee against the Dolphins on October 18.

Zach Mettenberger started in place of Mariota last Sunday against the Falcons.

Mariota was injured early in the second quarter of the team's 38-10 loss to the Dolphins on October 18 when Miami defensive end Olivier Vernon dove and hit Mariota on the back of his left leg after he released the football.

Mariota finished the game with a brace on his left knee. On the practice field Wednesday and Thursday, he had a brace on his left knee.

In five games, Mariota has thrown for 1,239 yards, nine touchdown and five interceptions, with a 93.2 rating.


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