It was one hell of a play, but it ended up being extremely costly.
Confirming the Las Vegas Raiders’ fears, NFL Media reported on Thursday morning that backup quarterback Marcus Mariota will be out for an extended period of time after he re-aggravated a quad injury Monday night in a 33-27 home win over the Baltimore Ravens. Mariota was hurt on a 31-yard run on the first drive of the game.
#Raiders QB Marcus Mariota is expected to be out multiple weeks after aggravating a quad injury during a 31-yard run on Monday night, source said. A few weeks is the best case scenario. This robs Las Vegas of a weapon, as they planned to sprinkle Mariota in on offense.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2021
On Tuesday, Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden said he was concerned that Mariota could be out a while and he did not practice Wednesday. The tone of Ian Rapoport’s report suggests Mariota will miss at least three weeks.
Nathan Peterman, the No. 3 quarterback, will backup starter Derek Carr while Mariota is out. Peterman played the entire preseason, so he is not rusty if he does have to replace Carr for an injury. The Raiders will miss Mariota because it takes a package away from Gruden’s playbook. Gruden said Mariota would have played more against the Ravens in certain situations had he been available.
Injuries have affected Mariota since he signed a lucrative deal with the Raiders in 2020. He was hurt in training camp and missed about half of the regular season last year and now at another training camp injury has shortened his second season in Las Vegas.