Mariota limited in return to practice for Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has returned to practice and hopes to recover from his latest injury in time to start against the Indianapolis Colts.

Mariota threw passes during the portion of practice open to reporters Thursday. The Saint Louis School graduate suffered a stinger in his neck against the Redskins on Saturday that affected his right, throwing arm. Coach Mike Vrabel says Mariota did some work to make sure he’s progressing along.

Vrabel says Mariota was limited, not taking the snaps he normally would but managed to get in enough work to test the quarterback.

The coach says Mariota’s progress is a step in the right direction after not practicing at all Wednesday.

Mariota was knocked out of last week’s 25-16 win over Washington after getting sacked late in the first half, the third time the quarterback has been knocked out of a game this season and the seventh in his four-year career.

The Titans (9-6) host Indianapolis (9-6) with an AFC wild-card berth at worst on the line for the winner and the loser staying home for the playoffs.