Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota is still being evaluated by medical staff following injuring his right elbow and shoulder during the Titan's 27-20 loss at Miami on Sunday.
Mariota left the game in the first half after being hit by Dolphins' defensive lineman William Hayes while carrying out a fake after handing off the ball to running back Derrick Henry. After being hit, Mariota fell to the ground, slamming his right arm against the turf.
"I just couldn't feel my fingers," Mariota told reporters after the game. "I couldn't feel my hand. It was one of those things. I couldn't grip the ball. "
Mariota attempted to return but clearly had trouble throwing the ball, delivering two interceptions before exiting the game for good. Mariota finished the day 9 of 16 or 103 yards with the two interceptions. He was replaced by Blaine Gabbert.
Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel told reporters that he remains optimistic that the former Oregon star wasn't severely injured.
“We are hopeful that we’ll get a good report back on his arm, so we can move forward with having him as our quarterback,” Vrabel told reporters.
The hit on Mariota was questionable because Mariota didn't have the ball and Hayes went low. However, part of the idea of carrying out a fake is to trick the defender into believing the quarterback has the ball.
"I thought it was late and low," Mariota said.