Quarterback Marcus Mariota will be a game-time decision on Sunday for the Tennessee Titans after spending another day mostly rehabbing his injured left hamstring on Friday.
Mariota, who suffered in injury in last week’s loss at Houston, is officially listed as questionable for this Sunday’s road game against the Miami Dolphins.
“I’ve been able to get out there for a little bit, but the majority of practice I do a lot of rehab. My first and foremost goal is to get healthy, and that’s what I’ve been working on,” Mariota said Friday.
Mariota said he needs to have a little bit of mobility in order to be able to play this week, and admits that he and the coaches have a tough decision ahead in determining what his best for him and the Titans not just this week, but long-term.
“I think if I’m able to move around and am able to hand the ball off, and am able to drop back, then I’ll definitely play,” Mariota said. “It’s a tough decision. It’s a decision that was made this past Sunday in Houston. It’s never easy for an athlete. To that point, I’m going to do my best to get healthy, and hopefully, I’ll be ready to go.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey acknowledged that the team did not ask Mariota to do much in practice this week.
“We’re not putting him to a point where he could make it any worse, so he actually feels pretty good right now,” Mariota said.
If Mariota cannot play, the Titans would turn to backup Matt Cassel, who got the bulk of the practice reps with the starting unit this week. Brandon Weeden, signed on Tuesday, would be the backup.
The Titans have already ruled out receiver Corey Davis and safety Johnathan Cyprien, both of whom have missed multiple weeks with hamstring injuries of their own.
Mularkey said that Davis might be a little bit ahead of Cyprien in their track to return to the lineup.