Marcus Mariota to have MRI on injured hamstring Monday

Marcus Mariota to have MRI on injured hamstring Monday

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will have an MRI on his injured hamstring Monday to determined the extent of the damage.

“He’s got a hamstring. We’ll do an MRI and I’ll know more tomorrow,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “He did it on the touchdown run, the second one.”

Mariota tweaked his hamstring on his second touchdown of the day in the Titans’ 57-14 disaster at Houston as rolled right with Whitney Mercilus in pursuit and made a dive, stretching the ball out over the pylon. That score cut the lead to 24-14.

Mariota came out for the second half, but went back to the locker room after speaking to Mularkey about the injury on the sideline.

“We wanted to see if he could play. He came out and warmed up. I said to him, ‘I’d like to be smart about it.’ There’s a lot football still to go, we’ve got 12 games still to go. I’ll know more about it tomorrow,” Mularkey said.

The coach admitted that Mariota’s second interception of the day, one of two high passes that Houston’s Andre Hal picked off, was as a result of the hamstring issue and not being able to step into his throws.
“The second one he’s already done his hamstring. He really had nothing to step into. That was really one of the concerns of the second half,” Mularkey said.

Mariota has had injury concerns before, as he had two knee sprains and missed two games each in his rookie season. Last year, he suffered a broken fibula in the next-to-last game against Jacksonville and needed surgery and several months of rehab to get back from that injury.

Mariota finished the day 6 of 10 for 96 yards passing with two interceptions. He rushed the football four times for 39 yards and had both the Titans’ touchdowns.

The Titans travel to Miami next Sunday to face the Dolphins.

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