A day after both Marcus Mariota and head coach Mike Mularkey sounded cautiously optimistic about the quarterback’s chances of playing Monday night, Mularkey tempered that a bit Thursday when asked Mariota’s recovery from his left hamstring injury.
“I’ll have to see more than what I’ve seen to this point,” Mularkey said when asked if Mariota would need to run a full sprint to play for the Titans against the Colts on Monday night.
Nevertheless, the Titans still have four days until they have to make that decision on Mariota.
“(He) did more today, positive with what he did. I’ll just have to see how he feels in the morning after doing what he did today. He did a little bit more than yesterday,” Mularkey said. “He threw some balls, just did some more. We haven’t had him at a full sprint at all, not even close.”
Mariota suffered the injury against Houston two weeks ago on a touchdown run and did not play in last week’s loss in Miami.
According to Mularkey, Mariota will need to have his mobility in order to make the start in the prime time game.
“That’s been his life growing up of making plays out of the pocket when things break down,” Mularkey said. “I want to be very smart about how we do this. It’s more than this game, it’s a lot of games, that we’ve got to be concerned about.”
Mariota was officially listed as limited on Thursday, as was left tackle Taylor Lewan, who is battling a left knee injury suffered on the first series last week against the Miami Dolphins.
“He was limited today, but he did more than he did yesterday, but he was limited today,” Mularkey said of the left tackle. “Really, he and Marcus (Mariota) were limited and Corey Davis and (Johnathan) Cyprien were out, the same two.”
Davis and Cyprien have both been declared out with hamstring injuries and have missed multiple weeks each.