Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported last night that Marcus Mariota is dealing with a pinched never in his elbow. As a result of that pinched nerve Authentic Marcus Mariota Jersey , he still doesn’t have complete feeling in his fingers. That can be an issue when you are trying to throw the football.I don’t really understand the rationale here of rotating Blaine Gabbert in. It seems like they should make a determination on whether Marcus can go or not and roll with it.If you have been reading here for the last 6 months or so, you know that I have been very optimistic about this team. I honestly believe, when healthy, they have the ability to contend in the AFC. However, I have no optimism about this game today. It is hard to envision any scenario where they are able to sustain any offense with all of the injuries and facing a defense that features Watt, Clowney and Mercilus.Marcus Mariota’s Injury Isn’t About Pain Titans QB Marcus Mariota continue to rehabilitate an ulnar nerve injury that contributed to a missed game this season. Although Mariota was active, he spent Sunday on the sidelines with a baseball cap. It’s unknown at this point if Mariota’s absence will be for one game or multiple games due to uncertainty surrounding the status of his progress. Some fans are using the late Steve McNair’s ability to play through injuries as a means of questioning Mariota’s overall toughness. This is where people are wrong. The ulnar nerve injury isn’t about pain. Mariota is not experiencing pain associated with an injury. He is experiencing numbness that is effecting his ability to grip the football. If he cannot grip the football Youth Wesley Woodyard Jersey , he cannot be effective as his touch and accuracy will be greatly impacted. Playing Through Pain?As mentioned above, the thought that “Mariota needs to play through the pain” is inaccurate and off base. HC Mike Vrabel cited in practice that Mariota’s progress hasn’t really made any significant changes since he was last evaluated. Simply put - there are throws he can make and throws he cannot. Vrabel is of the mindset that the offense will be more limited with Mariota in his current health than it already is with Blaine Gabbert fully healthy. That alone speaks volumes. A takeaway from Vrabel’s statement could indicate the Titans offense could try to stretch the field in Mariota’s absence - and Gabbert has the arm to do so. His accuracy has been the real issue he’s struggled with throughout his career. Vrabel doesn’t want to takeaway the potential deep pass from the offense. Because of that fact, Mariota will likely remain sidelined until he can make those throws OR until the offense becomes more limited/less effective with a healthy Gabbert.Value Defining SeasonMariota’s ulnar nerve injury could not have happened at a worse time. Primed to run an offense tailor fit to his strengths, Mariota is now forced to watch and wait. Mariota’s is losing money the longer he is not on the field. This season was potentially a value-defining year in which he could’ve earned a contract extension early and become one of the top paid quarterbacks in football.Now, the Titans and GM Jon Robinson can chose to wait out on signing Mariota to a long-term deal until they have assurances the injury will not linger or have a detrimental effect on the longevity of his career. Robinson would much rather be in the opposite position, surely. He would much rather his franchise quarterback be healthy and put in the position to grow into a new offense. But the fact is, he’s not healthy. The season is still salvageable for Mariota in terms of increasing his value http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-brian-orakpo-jersey , but missing games will not help his cause. He’s clearly not missing by choice, but due to hampering the team’s overall efficiency. If Mariota’s health is restored and the time spent on the sidelines helps him advance mentally in finding comfort with the offense, he could still produce just enough to earn a deal - assuming he overcomes the ulnar nerve injury. This would completely absolve any concerns Robinson may have.If terms like “career-altering”, “lasting long-term concerns”, or the dreaded “residual damage” begin to start circulating - hit the panic button.