Mariota suffers stinger; Titans hope he can play Monday night

Mariota suffers stinger; Titans hope he can play Monday night

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a stinger injury on Sunday in Indianapolis that was not related to his previous elbow injury, according to Coach Mike Vrabel.

Vrabel said that while Mariota is not in the concussion protocol, it was a hit to the head that caused the injury on the last of the four sacks he suffered in the first half of Sunday’s 38-10 loss to the Colts. Mariota was removed from the game and did not return. He also did not speak to media members after the game.

“He’s getting treatment and it’s really not even the elbow. He got a stinger. He got a stinger when the guy hit him in the head. He got a stinger,” Vrabel said. “Then, he was evaluated by the independent neurologist and was cleared. He’s not in the concussion protocol or anything like that. But, just like a lot of players, he got a bad stinger. So, we’ll have to see where he’s at. That may include, like a lot of injuries, getting second opinions and making sure he’s OK to play.”

Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert finished up for the 5-5 Titans on Sunday, but Vrabel and the team are hopeful of having Mariota back under center when they take on the Houston Texans Monday night in a game that is a must-win situation for Tennessee if he hopes to win the AFC South.

“I’m hopeful. We saw him this morning. We’re hopeful that he’ll check out and feel good enough to play on Monday,” Vrabel said. “Just being less than 24 hours after the game, some of these things take a little bit of time to cool down and really just treat and diagnose.”

Mariota was 10 of 13 passing for 85 yards, but did have one costly interception that the Colts cashed in for a second-quarter field goal.

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