Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota spoke to reporters on Wednesday afternoon regarding the injury he sustained in Week 16 and his status moving forward.
Mariota was not a participant in Wednesday’s practice. Blaine Gabbert and newcomer Austin Davis took all of the reps at quarterback.
It was the first time since suffering the injury, which occurred late in the first half of the Titans win against the Redkins, that Mariota has addressed the media.
“Yeah, I would say so. It’s obviously day to day, and if I’m able to be out there I will,” Mariota said when asked if he has noticed his condition improving throughout the week.
Mariota also said that he feels confident enough in his preparation off of the practice field to play effectively without practice. “I have the confidence in my abilities. I think our guys, we’ve had enough practice, we’ve gone through pretty much the entire year. Really, it’s just going to come down to if I can be available. I feel comfortable being out there.”
The Titans announced during halftime that Mariota’s injury was a “stinger” and that his return to the game was questionable. Mariota, however, never returned and stayed in the locker room for the remainder of the game.
“Finding everything you can, any little treatment, any little rehab to get back out there,” Mariota said of his day-to-day process when he isn’t able to process. “That’s my main focus. Obviously, trying to get the calls in and whatnot, trying to make sure I’m still in the gameplan. From that standpoint, it’s a little more mental than it is physical. Trying to find ways to get back out there.”
On Monday, head coach Mike Vrabel confirmed that the injury Mariota is currently dealing with has no relationship with the nerve injury that plagued him earlier in the season. “That’s not the same issue. The issue is a stinger. When you get him, unfortunately, and tackled the ground like we rather not have our quarterbacks be, sometimes those things happen. We’ll see where he’s at today.
“We’re going to do a little bit of individual work on the field and see if he can do any of that stuff. Then, we’ll keep moving on toward the end of the week to make sure that he can do everything that we ask our quarterbacks to do. I think he feels a lot better than what he did after both of those games.”
Vrabel added on Wednesday that he hopes Mariota will be able to practice on Thursday, and that missing practice doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be able to suit up against the Colts.
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