Mariota’s status to be undecided until game time


By TERRY McCORMICK, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have said they will make a game-time decision on the status of quarterback Marcus Mariota for Sunday’s meeting with the Miami Dolphins.

Mariota was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report after being limited in practice for the third consecutive day with a left hamstring injury suffered last week in a loss to the Houston Texans.

“I’ve been able to get out there for a little bit, but the majority of practice I do a lot of rehab. My first and foremost goal is to get healthy, and that’s what I’ve been working on,” Mariota said Friday.

The 23-year-old from Honolulu said he needs to have some mobility to be able to play.

“I think if I’m able to move around and am able to hand the ball off, and am able to drop back, then I’ll definitely play,” Mariota said. “It’s a tough decision. It’s a decision that was made this past Sunday in Houston. It’s never easy for an athlete. To that point, I’m going to do my best to get healthy, and hopefully, I’ll be ready to go.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he didn’t want Mariota doing much in practice, preferring the quarterback heals.

“We’re not putting him to a point where he could make it any worse, so he actually feels pretty good right now,” Mularkey said.

Matt Cassel will start if Mariota cannot. Cassel took the bulk of this week’s first-team repetitions during practice after coming off the bench against Houston to replace Mariota.



Sunday 7 a.m.–Tennessee at Miami, CBS

7 a.m.–Carolina at Detroit, FOX

10:25 a.m.–Green Bay at Dallas, FOX

2:30 p.m.–Kansas City at Houston, NBC


2:25 p.m.–Minnesota at Chicago, ESPN