An upbeat Marcus Mariota said he thinks he will be running full speed in two to three weeks and will be the same quarterback he was for the Tennessee Titans when he fully returns from the broken right fibula he suffered on Dec. 24, 2016, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports.
“There are great things here that have allowed me to push the envelope a little bit, whether it’s jogging, or doing some other stuff on the AlterG [anti-gravity] treadmill and stuff like that,” he said on the first day of the team’s offseason program.
“It’s more kind of working back those muscles that were stagnant for two months I was in a cast,” he said during his first news conference since the injury. “It’s kind of rebuilding those foundations back up, and I think we are in a good place …”
“It’s fun to get back in here, see the guys and get football going again.”
Mariota said he’s not patient, but knows what may be necessary.
“I understand that I’ve got a lot of time to get my body right and that’s my goal,” he said. “…. “Maybe another two to three weeks [until I am jogging]. Hopefully. I can’t give you an exact timetable. That’s the benchmark I am aiming for.”