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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota “did a little more” in practice on Thursday, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey. His availability for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins remains in question.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota “did a little more” in practice on Thursday, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey.

Mariota is “day to day” with the hamstring injury, making him questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

“He did a little more, not a lot more, but a little more,” Mularkey said of Mariota. “We’re really being smart, and listening to what he is saying about himself.”

Mularkey said on Thursday there’s a chance the Titans might consider keeping three quarterbacks active on Sunday. In addition to Mariota, the Titans also have Matt Casseland Brandon Weeden, who was signed on Tuesday.

Cassel is in line to start if Mariota can’t go. Mularkey said it was “positive” that Mariota didn’t have a setback following Wednesday’s practice, when he was also limited. Mariota isn’t dealing with pain, according to Mularkey.

“I think that has a lot to do with him being smart and what he is doing with the training staff, and just realizing it’s Wednesday and Thursday still,” Mularkey said. “We have some time.

“He will definitely have to show (he can move around).”

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota headed into training camp with questions about his fibula injury. A week into training camp, Mariota has liked what he’s seen, and felt.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A week into training camp, quarterback Marcus Mariota is feeling good about himself.

Even if it takes him a little longer to get warmed up for practices.

“It is feeling better with every day,” Mariota said on Thursday. “We haven’t had a setback or anything like that, so a lot of credit goes to the training staff here in helping me get warmed up and helping me once practice is done, get prepared for the next one.”

Mariota was limited during the team’s offseason work as he worked his way back from the fractured fibula he suffered against the Jaguars last December.

But he’s looked better each day during the first week of training camp, especially from a mobility standpoint.

Mariota has taken off and shown his speed – and the ability to make sharp cuts — on numerous plays, including some sprints to the outside when he’s faced pressure. He’s been mostly accurate throwing the football, although cornerback Adoree Jackson stepped in and picked off one of his passes on Thursday.

“I’ve seen nothing but good things from Marcus,” tight end Delanie Walker said. “You see him out here throwing, running around. He looks like his old self. He looks good to me.”

Offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie agreed, while saying the Titans are gearing practices to allow Mariota time to work himself back to 100 percent.

“Marcus is looking good, and he is moving around real well,” Robiskie said. “As far as what we are putting in for him, what we are going to call and directions of things from that nature, the easy thing for me is I can leave all of that with (quarterbacks coach) Jason Michael. Jason might say, ‘Today, Marcus has a little soreness in his left leg’ or ‘His hip is hurting him a little bit.’ And whatever J-Mike says to do, that is what we are going to do.

“He is outstanding in monitoring Marcus and saying, “He feels this way or he feels that way.’ And Marcus is going about it pretty good.”

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Titans QB Marcus Mariota took part in all 10 days of organized team activities. He said on Thursday he expects to be ready to go full-go when training camp kicks off in July.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Mariota made it through organized team activities without any issues.

The Titans quarterback practiced every day – 10 OTAs in all – and increased his workload from May and into June as he works his way back from last year’s surgery on a fractured fibula.

On Thursday, Mariota said he expects to be 100 percent for training camp.

“I feel good,” Mariota said. “My body is getting to the point where it is close to 100 percent, and once training camp rolls around, I’ll be good to go.

“…I’ll be ready to go. I’ll be 100 percent. This next month or so before camp starts, it is about me getting my body conditioned and ready for camp. For me, I am all green lights and ready to go.”

So will Mariota do more in next week’s minicamp?

“I don’t think so,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I think, ‘Why now?’ He’ll be ready when we come back for (training) camp, and we’ll have plenty of time in camp. We’ll have a lot of practices. He won’t be on the injury list when he comes back, so I don’t know why (we’d) push it, especially in June.”

Mariota worked some in team drills this week in addition to his work in individual and 7-on-7 drills. Mularkey said he was involved in plays where the ball was designed to come out early, where he wouldn’t have issues with the pass rush.

Mularkey estimated Mariota has worked in a half dozen snaps in team periods.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Marcus Mariota is out and so are the Tennessee Titans.

Mariota broke his right leg in a 38-17 loss at Jacksonville on Saturday, a crushing setback for a team that had so many things go right while winning three in a row and seven of 10 previously.

“That breaks my heart, man,” Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said. “Love him. That guy’s an awesome dude. For that to happen to him, it’s unfair.”

A few hours later, the Titans (8-7) were eliminated from playoff contention when Houston beat Cincinnati to win the AFC South for the second straight season.

Tennessee needed the Bengals to win to set up an AFC South title game next week against the Texans. Instead, coach Mike Mularkey’s team will play a meaningless home finale — without their star QB.

With the Titans trailing 25-10 late in the third quarter, Mariota was carted off the field with an air cast on his fractured fibula. Rookie Sheldon Day sacked Mariota as he scrambled on first down and grabbed him around the lower legs. Mariota signaled to the sideline as he pounded the ground. Trainers rushed to his side, put on the air cast and lifted Mariota onto a cart. Teammates and even some Jaguars patted Mariota on the shoulders before he excited.

“We didn’t protect him — offensive line, running backs — we didn’t protect him all day,” Titans running back DeMarco Murray said.

Mariota was hurried early and often, leading to errant throws all over the field. He completed 8 of 20 passes for 99 yards, with a touchdown and two sacks.

The Jaguars (3-12) played inspired football, partly because popular coach Gus Bradley was fired six days earlier and partly because the Titans embarrassed them on national television in late October. Mariota was a prime target, along with Murray and fellow running back Derrick Henry.

“It’s the first time this season we have been beaten like that,” said Mularkey, who estimated Mariota is facing at least six weeks of recovery time. “It’s a bad time for it.”

 Journeyman Matt Cassel replaced Mariota and completed 13 of 24 passes for 124 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. His 14-yard score to Delanie Walker made it 25-17 in the fourth quarter, but Jacksonville answered on the ensuing drive and then sealed the victory when rookie Jalen Ramsey returned an interception 30 yards for a score.

Cassel will be the starter for the finale, Mularkey said.

“Cassel is a guy who’s been around a long time and has won a lot of games,” Murray said. “He’s the next guy up and he prepares every single day, every single week like he’s the starter, so I know he’ll be ready to play.”

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