Marcus Mariota is out for this week’s game against Houston and will be re-evaluated before next week’s regular season finale, Tennessee head coach Mike Mularkey said today.
Mularkey refuted several media reports that said Mariota is out for the season.
Mularkey said on the Titans’ website, “Marcus wants to play, and we want to give him as much game experience as we can. But we have to get him healthy, too.”
Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, suffered what is being described as a medial collateral ligament sprain of his right knee in Sunday’s loss at New England. He left the game in the second quarter after running back Antonio Andrews failed to block linebacker Jamie Collins.
Mariota missed two games in October due to an MCL sprain in his left knee after an illegal hit by Miami’s Olivier Vernon.
Zach Mettenberger, who emerged as the Titans’ starter last season, will start at quarterback in Mariota’s absence this week. Mettenberger finished Sunday’s game.