Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will have surgery on his broken right fibula on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., and will need four to five months of recovery time.
Mariota sustained the injury in Saturday’s 38-17 loss at Jacksonville, and will have a plate inserted into the injured area of his leg during the surgery by Dr. Robert Anderson.
“They’ place a plate on the place where the fracture is on the fibula,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “Other than that, I don’t know all the ins and outs of the surgery. I do know this: It’s about a four to five month recovery period.”
Mariota, according to Mularkey, should be back in time for at least some of the team’s organized team activities, which start in May.
“Four to five months would put us to where he would still be OK for OTAs. They start in the middle of May and go through June, so at least he would go through part of the OTAs I would think. Everybody is different in players’ recovery and pain tolerance. I can’t speak for Marcus, but we’ll see how it goes with him.”
He also said he has been told by the doctors that Mariota should not lose any mobility from the surgery.
“From what I’m told, he shouldn’t, provided the surgery goes well,” Mularkey said. “I know Bob Anderson very well. I’ve had my feet operated on by him, and I trust him. I think he’s one of the best in the world. We feel very good about where he is going to have the surgery.”
Mularkey said Mariota remains upbeat, despite the injury.
“He’s upbeat here today. He understands the circumstances. He was really he couldn’t finish the game. The guy is such a competitor. It wasn’t about the injury. It was about not being able to finish the game with his teammates,” Mularkey said. “I felt like he was upbeat today when he came in.”
Mariota finished his second season, completing 276 of 451 passes for 3,426 yards with 26 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 349 yards and two scores on 60 attempts.
“I think he did a lot of good things. I think he put us in position to have a chance to compete for the playoffs and have a chance to compete for the division, if we had won that game. That’s what you want, to have an opportunity to compete and be relative in December,” Mularkey said.
Veteran Matt Cassel, who finished up against Jacksonville, will start this Sunday’s season finale against Houston, while practice squad QB Alex Tanney will be promoted to the active roster to back him up.
Also, Titans defensive end Karl Klug will have surgery on Wednesday as well. He suffered a torn Achilles in his left leg against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15.
Defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad sustained a high ankle sprain, and cornerback LeShaun Sims is in the league’s concussion protocol.
Sean Spence’s ankle was sore after Saturday’s game as well and he will be monitored throughout the week.