"Any bit of doubt, he will not play," Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said Monday.
Mariota suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee against the New England Partiots and missed last Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Houston Texans,
It is the scond time that Mariota has suffered an MCL sprain this season, with the first one coming in his left knee earlier in the season against the Miami Dolphins. He missed three weeks following that injury, but said last week that this time it did not seem as bad as the earlier injury.
“His health is the No. 1 for us,” Mularkey said. “He’s got such a great future ahead of him, he has plenty of games, lots of games to go, and we won’t expose him at all if there’s anything there.”
With the Titans (3-12) currentl tied for the worst record in the NFL, a lose to the Colts will secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. So what do the Titans have to play for?
Winning of course.
“It’s a whole different feeling going into the offseason with a win in that last game,” Mularkey said. “It was a bad feeling last time when played (the Colts), because we had a chance down on the goal line, a two-point play that could have made a difference in the game. That’s what I remember about that game. We had our opportunities and we failed on a play we had success on a number of times."
The Colts are dealing with quarterback issues of their own, as starting quarterback Andrew Luck is closer to a return, but still doubtful and with backup Charlie Whitehurst being placed in Injured Reserve following last Sunday's win in Miami, the Colts could be forced to start second year pro Stephen Morris at quarterback.
The Colts still have something to play for as well, as they still retain slim playoff hopes and must win on Sunday and have some help to get into the post season.