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Mariota working to overcome another setback

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Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota's status for Monday Night's important AFC South matchup at Houston is uncertain. 

Mariota suffered a stinger in Sunday's 38-10 loss at Indianapolis. Early reports indicated that Mariota had re-injured his right elbow, which held him out of action earlier this season. But the injury was later changed to a neck stinger. 

“I am feeling good,” Maritoa told reporters on Wednesday. “I was able to go through individuals, and I am taking it one day at a time, but it felt pretty good today.”

Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said that Mariota, sacked four times in the first half at Indianapolis before exiting the game late in the second quarter, was limited in practice on Wednesday.

"But we are hopeful that he’ll progress as the week goes on,” Vrabel told reporters. 

The team won't issue an injury report until following Friday's practice.  

Mariota said that although the injury differs from his previous setback that the impact to his ability to grip and throw the football is the same. Once again he lost some feeling in his right arm and that impacts his ability to grip and throw a football. 

“So it is one of those deals where you just have to kind of wait for the nerve to calm down and things should be good,” Mariota told reporters. 

Tennessee (5-5) appeared to have turned the corner before getting trounced at Indianapolis (5-5). The Titans must win on Monday in order to maintain any hopes of winning their division. Houston (7-3) has won seven consecutive games and would take a three-game lead over Tennessee with a win. The Titans won the first matchup 20-17 in a game Mariota sat out with the elbow injury. 

 

The AFC wild card field is crowded. The Los Angeles Chargers (7-3) are the current leader with five teams trailing them at 5-5, including the Titans.