Las Vegas Raiders quarterback and Oregon Duck alum Marcus Mariota returned to practice on Wednesday, per multiple reports.
Mariota has been missing from practices since Aug.26th, which totals up to about three practices all together that were open to the media.
Raiders head coach John Gruden said that Mariota’s injury was not serious, but he did not say what type of injury Mariota had sustained.
From previous reports, Mariota seems to be struggling during training camp at times as he is learning a whole new system.
Missing a full week of practices, as well as not being able to have on-field workouts with the team and coaches during the offseason because of the coronavirus pandemic, places him even further behind current starter Derek Carr before the season starts here in about a week.
Mariota has sustained a number of injuries during his career in Tennessee, and taking time off with a new team can hurt your chances at the starting position.
But for Mariota, Gruden said the priority for him is to get healthy from offseason ankle and shoulder injuries and prepare as much as he can before the season starts.
The Raiders added Mariota to the roster for a reason. If Carr struggles in the beginning, his name is most certainly next in line.