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Report: Marcus Mariota not expected to play tonight

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Chris Mortensen is reporting that Marcus Mariota is not expected to play tonight:

I think the “stinger” in quotation marks says a lot. I am no doctor, but I think it is safe to say at this point that Mariota isn’t suffering from a stinger. This is still, in my uneducated mind, a lingering effect from the injury he suffered to his ulnar nerve in week 1 against the Dolphins.

My hope here is that the Titans have known this all week and have been game planning for Blaine Gabbert to be the quarterback. If the report of fear of further damage is true, I have to believe they have known all week. Maybe having Marcus Mariota out there on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday was just gamesmanship.

I wish I could put a positive spin on this, but I just can’t do it. Here’s to hoping Gabbert has a back-up miracle in him!