Former Oregon Football Quarterback Marcus Mariota has dealt with his fair share of injuries, but the latest one could have NFL Playoff implications on the line.
Last weekend, the Tennessee Titans found a way to win with Blaine Gabbert to close out the game. It was an important victory vs the Washington Redskins. Mariota left the game in the second quarter and watched his team win 25-16 on the road. As the NFL Playoff race winds down this week, it is a simple equation for both the Titans and the team they face in Week 17, the Indianapolis Colts.
Win and you are in, Lose and you go home.
The injury Marcus Mariota sustained was a neck stinger that went further. He spoke on a local radio show in Nashville on Wednesday, “It was one of those deals where it kind of crunched, and basically sent my whole right side numb and tingly,” Mariota said of the play that knocked him out of the game. “It was one of those things, man, and it’s unfortunate because nerves are weird, they take time. But again, I am fighting and I am going to do my best to be out there.”
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If Tennessee has to go without Mariota, Gabbert showed that he is capable to lead the team as he has done several times this season. Against the Washington Redskins he went 10 for 17 for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Believe it or not the Titans still have the Division along with a first round bye week to play for. They would need to beat the Indianapolis Colts and look for Houston, New England and Baltimore to all lose this weekend. Tennessee has won four straight games going into this week.
Marcus Mariota is currently listed as Day-to-Day on the Injury report.
With Playoff Positing on the line, the matchup with Indianapolis was ‘flexed’ to Sunday Night Football on NBC. Kickoff is slated for 5:20 pm Pacific Time.