Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is aiming to return to the line-up for Monday's National Football League clash with the Indianapolis Colts. "He did a little bit more (today) than he did yesterday, and it was good to see him get more reps".
Asked if Mariota is on track to play, Mularkey responded: "We're hopeful". Mariota doing more Wednesday than he did last week was a good sign, according to Mularkey.
Designed quarterback run plays would be either limited or eliminated if Mariota returned this week.
The quarterback himself has a quick answer on how good he feels his chances really are. Mularkey had said earlier in the week that it could be a gametime decision. If not, though, the Titans will turn the offense over to Matt Cassel for the second game in a row. He has completed 61.4 percent of his passes with 48 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.
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Even in this contained drill, Mariota looked closer to 100 percent than he has since suffering that hamstring injury in the first half of the Titans' Week 5 loss to the Texans. The Titans gave up six sacks against the Dolphins so he would need to prepare to adjust if the Colts go blitz-happy. He spent a good portion of last week rehabbing the injury.
Thirteen-year National Football League veteran Matt Cassel started in Mariota's place in that game against the Dolphins, and completed 21-of-32 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, though he was sacked six times and the Titans would only convert 2-of-13 opportunities on third down.
"Obviously, it's fun to play on prime time, it's fun to do those things", Mariota said. "We have a full speed practice tomorrow, a walk-through and all that rest". Mariota was sacked just four times in the first four-plus games.