Mariota’s status is day-to-day
Titans quarterback has hamstring strain
By TERESA M. WALKER
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that quarterback Marcus Mariota is day-to-day after an MRI test showed a strained hamstring.
Mariota aggravated his hamstring in the first half of the Titans’ 57-14 loss to the Texans on Sunday. The 23-year-old from Honolulu has completed 66 of 110 passes for 792 yards this season with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also run for 116 yards and three scores.
“We’re going to take it day by day with Marcus, make sure we’re smart with it,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey compared the injury to running back DeMarco Murray’s recent hamstring injury, which kept the Pro Bowler out of a couple practices but not a game.
Mariota was intercepted twice by the Texans, the second coming after he hurt his hamstring.
“He actually went back in the game after that and threw the interception, as we started the two-minute drill,” Mularkey said. “Couldn’t step into the throw very well. Came out at halftime warming up like he was going to get ready to play. Just wanted to be — we’ve got a lot of football still to play and wanted to be smart with him.”
The Titans (2-2) will play on the road against the Miami Dolphins (1-2) this Sunday, and Mularkey said backup Matt Cassel likely will get as much work in practice as possible. Cassel was
4-of-10 for 21 yards with two interceptions after replacing Mariota against the Texans.
Mariota and Cassel are the only quarterbacks on the roster, though rookie Tyler Ferguson is on the practice squad.
Mularkey said a decision on whether Mariota plays might wait until just before game time.
“We’re not going to put him out there if he has any chance of doing further damage,” Mularkey said. “We would not do that, and he would let us know that’s how he felt, regardless of who the player is.”