NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans’ quest for a second straight postseason ended with injured quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline.

Fortunately for the Titans, Mariota stated a neck specialist has made clear solely relaxation is needed — no surgical procedure — to heal nerves frayed by accidents that knocked him out of three totally different video games this season.

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“What it got here down to was simply permitting time for the nerve to heal,” Mariota stated Monday. “Sadly, I’ve had a number of nerve accidents all through the course of the 12 months, and it simply left me prone to a much bigger injury. And when it got here down to it, he felt by time and a few relaxation, the nerve ought to relax and it ought to absolutely get well.”

With out Mariota, the Titans misplaced 33-17 on Sunday night time to Indianapolis to snap a four-game profitable streak and miss out on the AFC’s sixth and ultimate playoff spot that went to the Colts. Mariota referred to as sitting out “very disappointing.”

Mariota consulted with backbone specialist Dr. Robert Watkins of Los Angeles after being knocked out of a loss to the Colts on Nov. 18 and once more after struggling one other stinger to the neck Dec. 22 in a win towards Washington. Mariota stated the specialist reviewed an MRI examination and different assessments with the choice for Mariota not to play made by each the Titans and the quarterback.

Marcus Mariota’s nerve injury stored him on the sidelines for the Titans’ must-win season finale towards the Colts. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports activities

“I wasn’t in a position to get to some extent the place I used to be prepared to go,” Mariota stated.

Now Mariota has time to heal, then get again on the sphere to show whether or not he deserves a long-term contract previous 2019. He already is below contract for 2019 since Tennessee picked up his fifth-year choice at $20.9 million. Mariota stated he is not involved about contract talks, saying he needs to stick with the Titans.

Coach Mike Vrabel stated he has no considerations about Mariota, who accomplished 68.9 % of his passes this season — a single-season franchise report.

“He helped us win so much of video games, and so I’ve full confidence in Marcus when he is wholesome and obtainable to go on the market and take a look at to win,” Vrabel stated. “He is completed some good issues.”

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