Marcus Mariota is day-to-day after an MRI on Monday revealed a mildly strained hamstring.
The quarterback suffered the injury on his second touchdown run of Sunday’s 57-14 loss at Houston.
The injury has the Tennessee Titans preparing for scenarios that involve backup quarterback Matt Cassel starting Sunday against the Miami Dolphins as well as Mariota.
“It will be a challenge. We’ll have plans for both. Obviously, if we can practice him we will,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Monday. “There are some things we don’t have to practice, we’ve done a lot of work with it. It would really be more in the run game than anything in the pass game, that’s not going to change.”
Cassel is expected to get the lion’s share of Wednesday’s practice reps, but the Titans will monitor Mariota throughout the week and perhaps even into Sunday before making a final decision on who will start at quarterback.
In terms of Mariota’s hamstring injury, Mularkey indicated that his type of strain is more similar to the one DeMarco Murray suffered than the ones suffered by receiver Corey Davis and safety Johnathan Cyprien, both of whom are still out after missing multiple games.
“I’ll say this about all these guys with a variety of injuries, but the hamstring, each guy is different,” Mularkey said. “You treat it like DeMarco, one week had the same, very similar little bit of a strain in it, and the next we kind of watched him throughout the week of practice, then he came back and played well. Again, we’re going to take it day-by-day with Marcus, make sure we’re smart with it.”
Guard Quinton Spain will likely be out of practice Wednesday after sustaining a turf toe injury in Sunday’s loss to the Texans.
As mentioned earlier, Cyprien and Davis have both been ruled out again this week.