Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota to sit, Blaine Gabbert to start vs. Colts

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The Tennessee Titans are anticipated to have Blaine Gabbert beneath heart for Sunday night time’s pivotal recreation in opposition to the visiting Indianapolis Colts with fellow quarterback Marcus Mariota coping with a stinger harm.

Multiple media shops reported that Mariota will sit out due to the harm he sustained in Tennessee’s 25-16 win versus the Washington Redskins on Dec. 22.

Mariota formally is listed as questionable and reportedly will check his arm in pregame warmups. One supply informed ESPN, nonetheless, that an impartial backbone specialist has warned the Titans that additional harm would put Mariota’s means to throw the soccer at vital threat past this weekend.

“Big game and Marcus Mariota was intent on being out there,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning. “But it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen with that stinger.”

The Titans (9-6) can clinch a playoff berth by beating the Colts (9-6) on Sunday (8:20 p.m. ET), and would win the AFC South title with a win and a loss by the Houston Texans to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee additionally has an out of doors likelihood of touchdown a first-round bye within the playoffs.

Mariota has thrown for 2,528 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 14 video games this season. The 25-year-old has additionally rushed for a career-high 357 yards and two scores.

Gabbert has accomplished 43-of-72 passes for 461 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions this season.

The Titans signed free-agent quarterback Austin Davis this week, and he doubtless would be the backup quarterback in opposition to the Colts.

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