“Marcus Mariota made a lot of progress this week, but we aren’t going to play him Sunday,” Whisenhunt said.
Mariota was able to practice this week, despite sustaining an MCL sprain a few weeks ago, and it appeared as though he had a chance to play this weekend. However, it’s hard to fault the team for being cautious with their No. 2 overall pick.
Previous reports had said that Mariota could miss between 3-4 weeks in order for his knee to be fully healed.
On benefit of continuing to go with Mettenberger while Mariota is out with his knee injury is that it could also boost his trade value.
Last week, Mettenberger completed 22-of-35 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in their Week 7 loss to the Falcons.
This season, Mariota has thrown for 1,239 yards while completing 63.9 percent of his passes to go along with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s also added 72 yards rushing over the course of five games.