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Titans future with Marcus Mariota more important than without him

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The Tennessee Titans know that their future is tied to starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. He was injured in today’s game against the New England Patriots.

He injured his right knee in the second quarter, and he was replaced by Zack Mettenberger, his back-up.

“I don’t think it’s serious, no,” interim Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said. “Actually we (were) tempted to maybe put a brace on him and discussed even putting him back in, but we thought that in the best interest for him and our team and where we’re at right now – the best thing is to hold him.”

Murlarkey admitted that Mariota was injured on a sack. The 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft was just 3-of-6 for 32-yards.

Mettenberger went 20-of-28 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“It was discussed,” Mularkey added about sending Mariota back into the game. “We went back and forth and we thought we would error on the side of caution.

“I did. We all did. We talked about it with Todd Toriscelli (Titans’ Director of Sports Medicine) and the coaches and just thought that we wanted to be smart about it.”

Several weeks ago, Mariota also missed time as he was out of the lineup with an MCL sprain in late October and early November. He missed two games due to that injury.

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