Mariota optimistic he will be able to play against Colts

Marcus Mariota of the Titans watches his team warm up before a loss at Miami on Sunday. • AP photo

By TERESA M. WALKER
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota says he feels a lot better than a week ago. Whether he plays Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts will depend on how much Mariota can move around.
The quarterback himself has a quick answer on how good he feels his chances really are.
“Absolutely,” Mariota said Wednesday.
Mariota did not play last week in a 16-10 loss to Miami because of a strained left hamstring. The Titans (2-3) practiced Wednesday, taking advantage of an extra day.
“I was able to participate in a good amount of practice,” Mariota said. “I wasn’t able to do everything, but being able to be out here with the guys, doing some stuff, was big.”
Coach Mike Mularkey says he’s hoping Mariota can play and always supports what his quarterback thinks. Mariota doing more Wednesday than he did last week was a good sign, according to Mularkey. The real key will be Mariota’s mobility.
“He’s got to be able to move around really pretty good to be able to play and not put himself in a position that he’s going to re-injure himself,” Mularkey said. “He’s got to show that by the end of the week.”