Marcus Mariota Did Not Return After Suffering Elbow Injury vs. Colts

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 25:  Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a preseason game on August 25, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is ailing again after suffering an elbow injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts

The Titans announced he was questionable to return, but he did not return to the game as the Colts cruised to a 38-10 win. After the game, head coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Mariota told him he was OK, but the coach said he wanted to "make sure he took care" of the quarterback.

The quarterback was 10-of-13 for 85 yards and an interception before Blaine Gabbert replaced him.

Mariota missed four games as a rookie because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain, and his 2016 campaign came to a screeching halt in Week 16 when he suffered a fractured fibula.

The Oregon product was healthier last season and appeared in 15 games. During that run, he completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 3,232 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Titans leaned heavily on their power running game to snare a wild-card playoff berth. 

Eight games into his first year working alongside Vrabel and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, Mariota entered the day completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,498 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions after fighting through an early-season elbow injury.

In the event he's sidelined next week, the Titans will shift back to Gabbert to lead their offense.

Gabbert had gone 25-of-45 for 242 yards, one touchdown and one interception through three appearances (including two starts) entering Sunday. He was 11-of-16 for 118 yards, a touchdown and interception in the loss to the Colts.