Mettenberger, the second-year pro, will start for just the eight time in his NFL career, and is still looking for his first win as a starter. One of his previous starts came in Houston last season when the Titans lost to the Texans. Mettenberger suffered the first of two shoulder injuries in that contest that ultimately lead to his season ending early.
Mettenberger was injured in that game when he was hit by the Texans J.J. Watt and landed on his throwing shoulder, causing a sprain of the A.C. joint. One week later against the New York Giants, Mettenberger endured a similar hit that ended his season.
Mariota suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain in the team's loss to Miami two weeks ago, and though the team had hoped he would improve enough during the week to play, Whisenhunt officially named Mettenberger the starter.
The Titans are in desperate need of a win to snap their five game losing streak while the Texans are trying to keep pace with Indianapolis in the struggling AFC South standings.