The Facts: In a video played at an event for Titans season-ticket holders on Wednesday, Mariota said his rehab for a broken right fibula has shifted to Oregon, and HC Mike Mularkey also said the quarterback is "on pace" to return in 2017 from the injury. "I'm currently here in Oregon, getting healthy and going through my recovery process," Mariota said. "I look forward to getting back to Nashville and getting the 2017 season underway. I think it's going to be a great one."
Diehards Line:The video marked the first public comments made by Mariota since he was injured in a Week 16 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Though Mariota is currently rehabbing in Oregon, all indications are that he will continue to do the bulk of his recovery from the injury in Tennessee. Mularkey said he is keeping in close touch with Mariota. He said his biggest concern is that the diligent quarterback overdoes it while rehabilitating. Titans trainers and the staff at Oregon have been in constant contact with Mariota. Mariota had surgery to repair the break with a plate on Dec. 28. He was in a box at Nissan Stadium for the team's Jan. 1 season finale, where he mingled with fans and posed for pictures at halftime. Mularkey said that Mariota would have to keep weight off the leg and use his scooter for two months after the surgery, so he's nearing the time when he might start walking again. The coach said last week that he had watched video of Mariota walking on a pool treadmill. ... Stay tuned. We'll continue to follow up.