Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota increased his work from Wednesday a little bit, but is it enough to put him on track to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins?
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said that the Titans still have time regarding their starting quarterback and whether or not he will play as Mariota deals with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the second half of last Sunday’s loss in Houston.
“Yes, that’s a positive (that he did a little more),” Mularkey said. “I think it has a lot to do with him being smart and what he’s doing with the training staff and just realizing, it’s Wednesday and Thursday. Still we’ve got some time.”
Mariota is scheduled to speak with the media on Friday, and the decision on whether to start him or backup Matt Cassel could go all the way up to 90 minutes before kickoff when the Titans have to declare their inactives.
Mularkey was asked if Mariota is able to put weight on his injured leg,
“He can stand there and throw right now,” Mularkey said.
The coach also said that Mariota would have to be able to show some ability to move around on Sunday in order to be able to play.
As for Cassel, he spoke with reporters Wednesday and said he expects to be ready to go, especially getting starter’s reps thus far in practice this week. Last week, Cassel struggled coming off the bench for Mariota in the second half, as he turned the football over three times with two interceptions and a strip sack.
“I think it helps mentally obviously anytime as a quarterback when you have a better understanding that there’s a possibility you might play,” Cassel said. “It might be a little bit easier to prepare mentally. It’s my job to be prepared week in and week out to be prepared and be accountable. But you never know when you’re going to go into a game, and it’s always a surprise when you do.”
Guard Quinton Spain, who sat out Wednesday with turf toe, practiced fully on Thursday, as did cornerback Tye Smith, who exited Wednesday’s practice early due to a neck injury sustained in a collision.