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Report: Marcus Mariota not expected to play against the Dolphins

Matt Cassel starts.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

After a week of speculation, Marcus Mariota won’t play on Sunday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Mike Mularkey and the staff allowed Mariota to practice in limited fashion this week, but are playing it safe this weekend in Miami.

Matt Cassel will get the start for the Titans, meaning they will be leaning heavily on Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray to get things done on the ground.

Mariota left the game last week against Houston after suffering a hamstring injury. Cassel came on in relief, but threw two picks. The team signed Brandon Weeden for this very reason — simple insurance. He’ll be ready to go tomorrow, but likely cut whenever Mariota is back to full strength.