Marcus Mariota Injury Updates

The Dolphins have traded QB Ryan Tannehill and a 2019 6th-round pick to the Titans for 2020 4th-rounder and a 2019 7th-rounder. Tennessee also agreed to a new 1-year, $7 million deal with Tannehill that can climb to $12 million with incentives. Tannehill never ascended beyond mediocrity in Miami and figures to open as Marcus Mariota's backup in Tennessee. But Mariota's leash is tightening after a stagnant and injury-filled 4 seasons so far. The Fins, meanwhile, are left with Jake Rudock and Luke Falk at QB. We'll see what they add to the position over the next couple of months.

Titans QB Blaine Gabbert sustained a concussion in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That's forced Tennessee to turn to QB Marcus Mariota, who is still dealing with his elbow injury.

Former NFL team doctor and now sports medical analyst David Chao doesn't believe Marcus Mariota's elbow is as "close" to a return to normal as the QB says. "The ulnar nerve injury affects the ability to strongly grip the football and flex (actively bend) the wrist for follow-through," Chao writes. "This injury thereby affects accuracy – especially when pushing the ball down field – and makes it difficult to throw tight spirals." He adds that "the physiology of nerve recovery is that it either returns quickly or it lingers." This doesn't mean that Mariota can't play. If it did, the Titans obviously wouldn't have him on the active roster. But it does mean we probably shouldn't expect Mariota to start in Week 3, and his throws might be impacted into October. We'll keep watching the situation, but Mariota's current status makes him droppable in some fantasy leagues.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Miami with an elbow injury. Blaine Gabbert is under center for Tennessee. We'll update Mariota's status when we know more.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He hurt his knee early in last week’s game and has also been playing through hamstring and ankle injuries, HC Mike Mularkey said earlier this week. The injuries have probably at least played a part in his disappointing season. Even in Sunday’s plus matchup against the 49ers, Mariota is just a mid-range QB2.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota was a full-go in Wednesday's practice. He injured his knee early in last week's loss to the Cardinals and is dealing with lingering hamstring and ankle injuries, according to HC Mike Mularkey. None of the ailments will keep Mariota from playing against the 49ers this weekend, but they do make him a shaky fantasy option.

Titans writer Paul Kuharsky reports that QB Marcus Mariota is still dealing with the hamstring injury that he suffered earlier this season, which is complicated by lingering effects from last year's leg fracture. Mariota reportedly might need a "clean-up" procedure on that right ankle after the season. All of this followed word from HC Mike Mularkey that Mariota played through a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. All the leg issues certainly make it easier to understand Mariota's statistical struggles. He'll carry upside into this weekend's matchup with the Niners, but the health questions keep him out of fantasy-starter territory.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota played through a knee injury that he suffered early in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, HC Mike Mularkey said afterward. It'll be a situation to monitor this coming week, but Mariota should be available for next Sunday's game against the 49ers. He'll be tough to like in fantasy lineups, though, after bombing again today. Mariota has totaled just 493 passing yards and 2 TDs over his last 3 games.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Friday that he's "hopeful" QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) will be able to play against the Colts on Monday night. Mariota was limited again in Friday's practice. “It is going to come down to a lot of things," Mularkey added. "We have a full speed practice tomorrow, a walk-through and all that rest. It might be a game-time decision. Can he play and not risk himself further injury? That’s the biggest thing.” Check back tomorrow for another update.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota is considered "day-to-day" with his hamstring injury, HC Mike Mularkey said Monday. He compared the injury to the one DeMarco Murray was able to play through last week. So it sounds like Mariota escaped with a minor injury. But hamstrings can be tricky, especially for a QB who relies on his legs. We'll keep a close eye on Mariota this week. If healthy, he'll be a strong fantasy play vs. Miami.

The Titans used the #5 overall pick on WR Corey Davis. He was a stat-compiling machine at Western Michigan, leaving as the NCAA’s record holder for career receiving yards (5,278). After posting a 67-941-6 line as a true freshman, he topped 1,400 yards and 12 TDs in each of his final 3 seasons. He certainly squared off against some weaker competition in the MAC but also averaged 5.8 catches, 77.9 yards and .6 TDs in 9 games against “Power 5” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12). An ankle injury prevented Davis from working out in the pre-draft process, but he looks plenty athletic on film. He’s also 1 of the most advanced route runners in the class. Davis has a shot to quickly become Tennessee’s #1 WR, bumping Rishard Matthews to the #2 spot. QB Marcus Mariota’s stock is on the rise.

The Titans have chosen to remove Mike Mularkey's interim tag and make him the new HC. Tennessee went just 2-7 after Mularkey stepped in for deposed HC Ken Whisenhunt, albeit while dealing with QB Marcus Mariota's 2nd knee injury. The Tennessean reports that the team is expected to replace OC Jason Michael and that DC Ray Horton is expected to leave for the asme position with the Browns. Mularkey has fared well as an NFL OC but carries just an 18-39 record through 4.5 seasons as a head man. He doesn't seem like an inspired choice here, though we'll see what assistants he brings in. For fantasy purposes, though, the continuity should help Mariota, who has already flashed exciting fantasy upside.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota will miss the rest of the season with the sprained MCL he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  So he'll miss a total of 4 games this year with MCL injuries to both knees.  Mariota finishes with a 62% completion rate, 7.6 yards per attempt, 19 TDs and 10 INTs in 12 games.  He added 252 yards and 2 scores on the ground and is currently sitting 21st in fantasy points per game among QBs.  It was an encouraging debut season, especially considering the crappy supporting cast.  We'll see what Tennessee adds this offseason.  QB Zach Mettenberger will start the final 2 games against the Texans and Colts and will be a QB2 with some upside.

Pro Football Talk reports that Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered an injury to his right MCL in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.  The rookie missed 2 games earlier this year with a left MCL injury.  The severity of this one will determine how long Mariota is sidelined, but Tennessee might opt to play it safe and hold the 1st-round pick out the rest of the way.  QB Zach Mettenberger will start against the Texans next week if Mariota doesn't.

Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt is not committing to QB Marcus Mariota (knee) returning for this weekend's game against the Texans, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.  The team is hoping to get Mariota onto the practice field on Wednesday to see how that knee responds.  The rookie is reportedly dealing with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which is typically a 3-4 week injury.  Consider him no better than 50-50 to play this weekend.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) is expected to return for Week 8, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That's surprising if he's truly dealing with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which is considered a 3-4 week injury.  We'll be keeping a close eye on Mariota's progress this coming week.  If his mobility is compromised, he'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups.

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole hears that Titans QB Marcus Mariota is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.  That's not a major surprise considering he's dealing with a Grade 2 MCL sprain -- the same injury that has cost Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger the last 3 games.  QB Zach Mettenberger will start for as long as Mariota is sidelined.  As a rookie last year, Mettenberger completed 59.8% of his passes with 8 TDs and 7 INTs in 7 appearances.  You should be able to do better for your season-long team, but Mettenberger is on the radar as a dirt-cheap DFS play.


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