Titans HC Mike Vrabel is 'hopeful things are trending up' for QB Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota’s fourth year under center for the Titans has been riddled with injuries.

First there was an elbow injury that sidelined him for three weeks, and now Mariota is dealing with a stinger — also known as a nerve pinch injury — suffered in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Colts.

He’s currently listed on Tennessee’s injury report as “limited” with a “neck” injury, but he did participate in team walk through Thursday and could be back to handling the ball again as early as Friday.

“I think that we’ll see on Friday as he comes back out,” coach Mike Vrabel said, via the team’s website. “We’ll have to throw the football tomorrow; I don’t think we threw the ball much today.” 

Mariota, who did make some throws during Wednesday’s open portion of practice, said Tuesday he is working through numbness in his right arm as a result of the injury. He added the injury isn’t related to his previous elbow injury, but that the symptoms are similar. 

“I am hopeful (things) are trending up,” Vrabel said. “I was pre-med at Ohio State for about six months, and then I changed majors. So I am going to leave that up to the doctors and do my best to listen to them and the trainers.”

In nine games this season, Mariota is completing 67.6 percent of his passes (146 of 216) for 1,583 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Veteran backup Blaine Gabbert has taken over playing calling duties for Mariota when he’s been sidelined. So far, Gabbert has appeared in four games and has a 2-2 record in his eighth season.

Mariota will get some extra recovery time as the Titans won’t take the field again until Monday against the Texans.