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Mariota will have leg surgery on Wednesday


    Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota sits up on the field after he was injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday on his fractured right fibula, the Tennessee Titans announced today.

The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner is expected to require four to five months for recovery and be ready for organized team activities before training g camp opens in July, head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters.

Mariota suffered the injury after being sacked from behind by defensive tackle Sheldon Day in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-17 loss at Jacksonville.

The surgery is scheduled to take place in Charlotte, N. C. and be performed by Dr. Robert B. Anderson, a past president of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He has served as a team physician for the Carolina Panthers and been a “consultant to numerous collegiate and professional teams” according to to the OrthoCarolina website.

Mularkey described Mariota as “upbeat here today,’’ on the Titans website. “He understands the circumstances. He is disappointed. He is really disappointed he couldn’t finish the game, the guy is such a competitor. It wasn’t about the injury, it was about not being able to finish the game with his teammates. But I felt like he was upbeat today when he came in.,” Mularkey said.

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  • Must be a real bad break. He’ll be out 4-5 months. Been reading while watching football games today that Derek Carr will be out only 6-8 weeks. Thought both had similar injuries. Anyway, wishing you the best, Marcus. Hope you heal quick and get through rehab. Looking for a better season next year. O-line been doing a lot better protecting you this year, but, last game don’t know what happened.

  • I remember some players used to spray cooking oil on their uniforms to make it much harder to grab. Maybe Mariota can add some whiz bang magic to his uniform when he returns to the field?

  • Mariota has shown growth and more potential for greatness as the weeks past. Such a bad break in a season where they had a shot for the Division title. We wish him a speedy recovery. Theory is that where the bone breaks it gets stronger at that spot. We all hope and pray he comes back with more fire and tenacity. God speed still a good run this year.

  • Marcus, wish you a speedy recovery. Stay the course young man,I still believe you are destined to be be one of the best quarterback.
    God bless you and your family.

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