In his first offensive series of the preseason against the New York Jets, the Titans quarterback ran the ball, threw the ball – and he proved he could take a hit.
It was his first action since suffering a fractured fibula on December 24 last season against the Jaguars.
“It was a blessing,” Mariota said of being back on field. “It’s an honor and it’s a privilege. The recovery process was a long one, and to be able to be out there with the guys meant the world to me, and I enjoyed it.”
A few plays later, Mariota was sacked by Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams, but he popped up from the ground without hesitation and on the next play completed a pass to running back
“It’s part of the game,” Mariota said of the hit. “It’s a contact sport, and it felt good to get some of the cobwebs out.”
Mariota ended up playing in two possessions before being replaced by
It was another positive step for Mariota, who began a lengthy rehabilitation process after surgery last December. But the third-year quarterback took part in all 10 of the team’s…