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Subject: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota practiced Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 07:51:17

 fully Wednesday after being knocked out of Tennessee’s season opener when he hurt the elbow on his right Warren Moon Jersey , throwing arm.Barring any setbacks, Titans coach Mike Vrabel expects his quarterback to play Sunday.“He’s feeling good,” Vrabel said. “He was able to practice. He had some rest there Monday and Tuesday, and so he was able to get through and do everything and really looked OK.”That’s when the Titans (0-1) host rival Houston (0-1) in an early AFC South showdown.Mariota briefly left the 27-20 loss in Miami after a late hit from Dolphins end William Hayes after a handoff. Vrabel said the NFL told him that play should have been flagged as a late hit on the quarterback. Mariota returned but left for good after his second interception in a game that was the league’s longest since at least the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 due to lightning.The quarterback said after the game he experienced some numbness in his right hand.“I’m feeling pretty good, kind of taking it one day at a time,” Mariota said. “But I was able to go through practice today, and it felt pretty good.”Mariota has missed at least one game each of his first three seasons with Tennessee , and a variety of leg injuries have kept the No. 2 overall draft pick out of six games. The Titans are 1-5 in those games, and three of those came against Houston. Mariota left a 57-14 rout last October with an injured hamstring.The quarterback said he has never had this type of injury before and that he still had some tingling in his hand Wednesday. In the portion of practice open to reporters, Mariota’s passes didn’t appear to have his usual velocity. Both Vrabel and Mariota dismissed any concerns.“I didn’t have the Jugs gun out so it was kind of hard to tell,” Vrabel said. “But for the most part, it looked like it was getting to where it was supposed to be. … I didn’t notice a huge difference.”Mariota said he didn’t notice any difference, though the spin of the ball coming out of his hand might’ve been a bit different.“I don’t think velocity is a problem, the rotation of it maybe,” Mariota said. “But with that being said, as long as it gets there, it doesn’t matter how it looks.”The Titans already have lost Mariota’s favorite pass threat with tight end Delanie Walker having surgery Wednesday on the right ankle he broke late in the Dolphins’ game. Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan was sent home Wednesday by the Titans as he continues in the concussion protocol after being knocked out of the opener as well.Right tackle Jack Conklin remains limited as he works his way back after tearing his left ACL in January.And the Titans added wide receiver Corey Davis to the injury report Wednesday. Davis, who led Tennessee with six catches for 62 yards in Miami, was limited with an injured hamstring.Notes: Vrabel said he did hear from the NFL that the hit on Mariota should’ve been flagged for a late hit on the quarterback. … Rookie LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring) practiced fully. The 22nd pick overall out of Alabama missed each preseason game and the opener. LB Harold Landry (ankle) did not practice along with S Kendrick Lewis (foot). LB Derrick Morgan (knee) was limited.___Follow Teresa M. Walker at It was slow start on both sides today in Jacksonville — and the pace never really picked up.The Titans traded punts with the Jaguars to get things going today, until the Jags broke that streak with a failed fake punt attempt midway through the first quarter. It was an unnecessary risk from Jacksonville, considering the nature of this one and the fact that the Titans were playing without Marcus Mariota. As it turns out — playing without Marcus Mariota wasn’t an option for long. Blaine Gabbert got the start today for the banged up Mariota, but quickly exited the game after taking a shot to the head. Through all of that Steve McNair Jersey , Tennessee struck first with a field goal from Ryan Succop to take a 3-0 lead. Just seven days after throwing for nearly 400 yards against the Patriots, Blake Bortles started very slowly against the Titans. Bortles struggled with accuracy early on, which handicapped an offense that was without Leonard Fournette. Jacksonville finally got on the board in the middle of the second quarter, adding a field goal to bring things back to even. Succop missed a chance to take the lead before halftime, keeping the 3-3 score at the break. The Titans finally put together a driving coming out of the half. It was aided with a defensive pass interference call, then Mariota got it out to Corey Davis on a short route, who turned up field for a 20 yard gain. Matt LaFleur opted to go to the wildcat formation with Derrick Henry from there, but the drive stalled shortly after. Succop hit this chance, giving the Titans a 6-3 lead.Meanwhile on the other side, Bortles continued to struggle. Give some credit to the Titans defense, but Bortles was missing simple passes left and right. The Jaguars couldn’t get anything going on the ground either through three quarters. Finally, Jacksonville began to string first downs together to begin the fourth quarter. It was Bortles moving the chains with his feet, then T.J. Yeldon doing the same. However, a holding call derailed that momentum and eventually forced a fourth down.Josh Lambo hit from 38 yards out to bring things back to even at 6-6 with 10:48 to play. Marcus Mariota — without some feeling in his fingers — had to figure out a way to answer. He began that answer with a quick strike to Jonnu Smith to get across midfield, then he followed that up by hitting Davis on a crosser to convert on third down.Just like that, the Titans were in field goal range. Luke Stocker got the Titans closer with a catch and run down to the Jacksonville 16. LaFleur chose to bleed the clock with a couple of Derrick Henry carries from there and could not convert on third down.Succop split the sticks one more time, bringing the lead to 9-6.The Titans got the stop they needed on the next drive as Jurrell Casey and Harold Landry came up with back to back pressures. Jacksonville punted with just under three minutes to play. Marcus Mariota was able to pick up a key third down conversion on a read-option keep to keep the clock rolling. Jacksonville burned up all of their timeouts before the two minute warning hit.The Jaguars would get one final shot, getting the ball back with 20 seconds to play, but would come up short one final time. The Titans improve to 2-1, grabbing back to back massive wins over division opponents. Considering the injury situation, those wins could not be any bigger. Hats off to Mike Vrabel and his staff.

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