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Titans QB Marcus Mariota a “Game-Time Decision" on Sunday

Posted Oct 6, 2017

The Titans listed QB Marcus Mariota as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after he was limited in practice for the third day in a row. Coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota will likely be a “game-time decision.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota wants to play on Sunday – that’s never been a question.

The issue is whether he is healthy enough.

On Friday, the Titans listed Mariota as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after he was limited in practice for the third day in a row because of a hamstring injury. Coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota is expected to be a “game-time decision.”

“I feel good,” Mariota said in the locker room on Friday. “The plan has been taking it one game at a time. I feel good at this point and time and we’ll see how it feels on Sunday. I continue to prepare each and every day and hopefully I’ll be able to go.”

Mariota, who was limited in practices on Wednesday and Thursday as well, said he’s spent a lot of time rehabbing, and his “first and foremost goal is just to get healthy.”

Mularkey said earlier in the week there’s a chance the Titans might consider keeping three quarterbacks active on Sunday. In addition to Mariota, the Titans also have Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden, who was signed on Tuesday.

Cassel is in line to start if Mariota can’t go. Mariota said it felt good throwing in individual drills today.

“If I am able to move around, hand the ball off, able to drop back,” Mariota said, “I’ll definitely play.

“If I am able to play, I’d love to play.”

Mariota scored on two touchdown runs against the Texans – he turned on the jets on his 34-yard touchdown run, and he sprinted to the pylon – and made it – on a two-yard touchdown later in the game.

Unfortunately, Mariota suffered a hamstring injury on his second score, and as a result he didn’t finish the game.

Mariota completed 6-of-10 passes for 96 yards in the first half against the Texans, with a pair of interceptions. He carried the ball four times for 39 yards in the contest. On the season, Mariota has completed 66-of-110 passes for 792 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Mularkey said Mariota “did a little more” in practice today. The team will discuss how much he does in the walkthrough on Saturday.

“He did good for what we asked him to do,” Mularkey said of Mariota. “We are not putting him through a point where we would make the (hamstring) any worse, so I think it feels good right now.”