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Starting NFL QB Probably Isn't Playing On Sunday

Marcus Mariota, now with the Las Vegas Raiders after leaving the Tennessee Titans, winding up to throw a pass.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans throws in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The regular season finale between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans will hold major playoff implications, as the winner of that showdown will clinch the last spot in the postseason for the AFC. Unfortunately there is a very strong chance that Marcus Mariota isn't on the field for this must-win game.

During the Titans' previous matchup against the Washington Redskins, Mariota suffered another stinger in his shoulder. The dual-threat quarterback has dealt with injuries throughout this season.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Mariota's right side of his body has been numb, which is the last thing Tennessee wants to hear before this weekend.

If the Titans are without their starting quarterback, then Blaine Gabbert will have to lead the offense. He performed admirably in his previous appearance, throwing for 101 yards and a touchdown in a relief effort.

Tennessee also signed Austin Davis earlier in the week, adding depth to its roster before a pivotal clash.

Not having Mariota for Sunday's showdown would put more pressure on the Titans' defense to contain Andrew Luck and the Colts. It would also call for a heavy dosage of Derrick Henry in the running game, as the former Alabama superstar is on an absolute tear over the past three weeks.

Indianapolis and Tennessee will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET from Nissan Stadium.