Mariota makes return from broken leg in Titans’ preseason loss to Jets

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota rolls out of the pocket to pass during the first quarter of Tennessee’s 7-3 preseason loss to the New York Jets on Saturday. -- AP photo

By SIMMI BUTTAR, The Associated Press
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Marcus Mariota got out on the field, ran a handful of plays and then watched the rest of the game from the sideline.
It was a nice, simple night for the franchise quarterback.
Mariota played in his first game since breaking his right leg late last season, easily the most important development for the Tennessee Titans in their 7-3 loss to the New York Jets on Saturday in the exhibition opener for each team.
“I enjoyed the moment,” he said. “You kind of create those moments when you’re going through the rehab process. You keep telling yourself ‘This is what you’re working for’ and that’s the way I approached it.”
Mariota, who had 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2016 before his injury on Dec. 24, played two series in the first quarter.
“The recovery process was a long one,” the Saint Louis School graduate said. “To be able to be out there today with the guys, I enjoyed it.”
On his first attempt, he scrambled to his right and completed a 15-yard pass to Rishard Matthews. He finished 2-of-3 for 15 yards.
“Instincts kind of took over,” he said. “It felt good to get out of the pocket and make a play.”
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NFL PRESEASON
WEEK 1
Wednesday’s Result
Carolina 27, Houston 17
Thursday’s Results
Minnesota 17, Buffalo 10
Miami 23, Atlanta 20
Jacksonville 31, New England 24
Baltimore 23, Washington 3
Denver 24, Chicago 17
Cleveland 20, New Orleans 14
Green Bay 24, Philadelphia 9
Friday’s Results
Pittsburgh 20, N.Y. Giants 12
Cincinnati 23, Tampa Bay 12
San Francisco 27, Kansas City 17
Saturday’s Results
N.Y. Jets 7, Tennessee 3
L.A. Rams 13, Dallas 10
Arizona 20, Oakland 10
Today’s Games (HST)
Detroit at Indianapolis, 7:30 a.m.
Seattle at Los Angeles, 2 p.m.