Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is walking on a treadmill, but will probably be held out of OTAs as he continues to recover from a broken fibula suffered late last season, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.
Mike Mularkey spoke on 104.5 The Zone’s “Mid-day 180” show on Wednesday, giving an update on his quarterback’s health. Mariota suffered the injury on a sack in a December loss to Jacksonville, and underwent surgery. A plate was inserted into the leg around the ankle area to help the healing process. His recovery time was projected to be around five months.
“He’s on schedule. I saw some video of him in a pool with one of those treadmills that are designed to keep the weight off (the leg),” Mularkey said. “But you can still walk and that was good to see, him walking on that treadmill.”
Mularkey said the Titans would be overly cautious in how they handle Mariota’s return from the injury.
“I can’t give you specific dates. I think we’re gonna be really smart about how we handle him and probably be over-cautious. The later probably the better. We need him for September,” Mularkey said. “You guys know Marcus like I do. He’s probably gonna over train to come back as quickly as he can, and we’re probably gonna have to put the reins on him to hold back a little bit.”
Mularkey said he did not expect Mariota to be a participant in OTAs from a precautionary standpoint.
“Probably camp (for his return). I don’t really see OTAs right now, unless he has a quick recovery,” the coach said.
Mularkey also went on to say that he expects Mariota to be able to recover fully and regain the mobility he had prior to the injury.
Mariota took a big leap statistically in his second NFL season, throwing for 3,426 yards with 26 touchdown passes and nine interceptions in 2016 in helping the Titans post a 9-7 record, their first winning season in five years.