Tennessee Titans' Marcus Mariota to sit, Blaine Gabbert to start vs. Colts

Ruben Hill
December 31, 2018

Mariota was listed as a limited participant in the Titans' practice this week and was given a questionable status on Friday's injury report with stinger and foot issues.

Both teams now sit at 9-6, and with all other berths locked up, whichever team emerges victorious will find themselves playing in the postseason next week.

Marcus Mariota is not expected to play in the Tennessee Titans' pivotal Week 17 game against the Colts with a playoff berth on the line. Tennessee also has an outside chance of landing a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Luck in that game completed 27-of-41 passes for 399 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while wide receiver T.Y. Hilton went off for nine receptions for 199 yards. Luck connected with Ryan Hewitt for a one-yard TD.

Adam Vinatieri kicked field goals of 53 and 25 yards but missed his final extra point. Indianapolis allows the sixth-lowest yards-per-rush in the National Football League, and if Mariota's physical limitations take away a read-option threat, then the Colts could thrive at blowing up rush attempts by Tennessee running back Derrick Henry.

Luck then bypassed a Tennessee defense that came in as the NFL's No. 2 scoring defense giving up just 18 points a game and sixth against the pass. They drove 92 yards on 12 plays on their opening possession. That left the Colts up 14-0. Jayon Brown intercepted Luck deep in Indianapolis' territory and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. After Adoree Jackson grabbed at a bouncing punt that put the Colts at the Tennessee 9, the Colts had a TD run by Mack erased by a holding penalty on center Evan Boehm.

The Colts led 17-10 at halftime after the teams exchanged late field goals.

Kickoff is set for 4:35 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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