Marcus Mariota Does Team Drills in Titans OTAs for 1st Time Since Leg Injury

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans got a welcome surprise during minicamp on Tuesday when quarterback Marcus Mariota took part in full team drills. 

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reported Mariota's presence in team drills, with backup quarterback Alex Tanney noting the team was pleasantly surprised by his return. 

"Pretty cool to see him get out there," he told Kuharsky. "They didn't script it. Nobody expected it."

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey told Jason Wolf of the Tennessean last month he wasn't sure exactly how much Mariota would be able to do on the field during minicamp. 

“We’re going to do some things that (Mariota is) going to be able to practice, do some things that aren’t going to subject him to (further injury),” he said. “We may do more 7-on-7s than we ever have done, just things like that to try to help him out.”

Mariota ended last season on injured reserve after fracturing his fibula in a 38-17 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. 

It was a disappointing end to a terrific 2016 for Mariota. The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns in helping the Titans post their first winning season in five years.