The Tennessee Titans face a must-win game Sunday night at home against the Indianapolis Colts with a playoff berth on the line and they might be without the services of quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The former Oregon star suffered a stinger during last week 25-16 win. Mariota missed practice on Wednesday but participated in limited capacity on Thursday and Friday. Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel told reporters that the tea would monitor Mariota's progress and make the best decision for team. That could mean starting backup Blaine Gabbert is Mariota isn't quite ready to go.
"So we'll kind of just keep seeing where it goes, and figure out who gives us the best chance, and how he feels," Vrabel said. "We want to make sure he can go out there and do his job at a high level."
Mariota appeared confident that he could perform if called upon.
“I am doing everything I can, day and night, to try and make sure that I can be ready,” Mariota told reporters on Wednesday. “This is for everything. There is no timetable. If I can go and it is Sunday at 5 o’clock, by all means. We’re just taking it one day at a time and I am going to do my best to be available.”
The winner of the Titans-Colts game is guaranteed to receive the second AFC wild card berth. The loser it out. The winner of this game would win the AFC South title if Houston loses to Jacksonville.