Titans QB Marcus Mariota Leaves Sunday's Game with Injury


INDIANAPOLIS – Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota left the Sunday's game vs. the Colts with an elbow injury, and he did not return.

Mariota did not speak to reporters after the game, as he was getting treatment.

Coach Mike Vrabel and players discussed Mariota following the team's 38-10 loss to the Colts.

"I'll address the injuries tomorrow when I have some more information," Vrabel said when asked about Mariota. "Hopefully we'll be able to get some news with where he's at."

Mariota was injured late in the first half when he was sacked, and he was replaced by back-up quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert started the second half for the Titans, while Mariota watched from the sideline. The Titans announced Mariota's return as questionable.

"I asked him how he was on the field, and he said he would be OK," Vrabel said of Mariota. "We made the decision to go with Blaine.

"… (We just wanted) to make sure there was an effective way to take care of the quarterback. All of our players want to finish the game and they want to compete, and they want to fight. And I definitely appreciate that in them. But I think at some point and time you have to get some other guys in the game."

With 16 seconds left in the first half, Mariota was injured after being hit by Colts defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis. Mariota remained on the field while trainers tended to him. He eventually headed to the locker room before halftime.

It's believed to be the same injury that forced Mariota to miss time earlier this season. Mariota was expected to conduct a postgame presser, but it didn't take place since he was in the training room.

"You hate to see 8 go down," Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said of Mariota. "It's a tough deal, man. … I just told him I loved him, and don't press. It's tough. There's nothing you can say in these situations."

Mariota completed 10-of-13 passes in the first half, for 85 yards. He was sacked four times.

Gabbert completed 11-of-16 passes for 118 yards with a touchdown and interception after taking over for Mariota.

"It's a bummer," Gabbert said of Mariota's injury. "Any time you get dinged in this game, it is never fun, the amount of time you put into preparing your mind and body and getting ready to roll. It is hard to have to leave the game. It's just an unfortunate deal."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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