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Titans' Mariota sheds glove on throwing hand


Reuters
Updated: 31-10-2018 04:07 IST

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota shed the glove on his throwing hand Tuesday for the first time since he injured his elbow in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

The hit to his elbow caused nerve issues in his grip, and Mariota served as a backup for two games -- relieving the injured Blaine Gabbert in the second -- before returning to the starting lineup. To combat the poor grip and numbness, he had worn a glove with the index and middle fingers cut off during every practice and game since, until Tuesday's session.

Mariota told reporters Tuesday his injury "feels better" as the team returns from its bye week, following a Week 7 loss in London.

Mariota, who turned 25 on Tuesday, has struggled this season, throwing for 1,030 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions in six games (five starts). He also threw more interceptions than touchdown passes last year (15 to 13), after having 45 touchdown passes against 19 picks through his first two seasons.

After throwing his first career red-zone interception in London, Mariota said that area will be a focus next Monday when he and the Titans face the Dallas Cowboys.

"If we get down there, (we have to) be able to score touchdowns and not kick field goals," he said. "When you have an opportunity to get points, I think it is important that we take care of the football and make sure we score touchdowns."

--Field Level Media

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