Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota on Sunday suffered an injury to his right knee on Sunday during the second quarter of the Titans 33-16 loss to the New England Patriots.
Mariota was replaced by his backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger for the remainder of the football game.
Mariota will have a medical exam on his right knee on Monday in Nashville Tennessee to determine the severity of his injury.
Mariota said after the football game he expects to make his next scheduled start next Sunday afternoon when the Titans will be hosting the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Tennessee.
Tennessee Titans interim head coach Mike Mularkey will have to make a decision whether to start Mariota who is the current starting quarterback for the remaining two football games in the 2015 football season or start Zack Mettenberger as his quarterback for the remaining two football games on the schedule.
The Titans (3-11) are not in contention to make a playoff run this season. The Titans can only play the spoiler role against the Texans (7-7) are currently in first place in the American Football Conference Division standings next week in Nashville.
If Mariota is placed on the shelf for the remainder of the current football season since the Titans do not want to have Mariota have an injury that could put his football career in jeopardy, the Titans will have to sign a quarterback from their practice team.
The Titans would also have the option of hiring a quarterback who is currently a free agent to serve as the backup to Mettenberger who is in his second year in the National Football League.
Mariota did not play in two regular season games during the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans since he had a sprain to his right knee that sidelined him for those football games.
Mariota is a former Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Oregon who has found out that the talent level in the National Football League is a lot tougher than playing college football in the Pacific 12 Conference.