This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
The final week of the 2018 NFL regular season is upon on us. While some fantasy owners will spend Christmas day celebrating with a new title under the tree, others will lament lost opportunities of draft days past. Hopefully some of my advice helped you weather the storm when injuries hit, but for those who see their seasons play out until the bitter end, I have one last gift to give. Let's take a look at the injury concerns entering Week 17.
The Titans face a winner-take-all game in Week 17 when they face the rival Colts. However, it remains to be seen if they will have their starting quarterback available for the divisional showdown. Mariota was unable to finish the team's Week 16 win over Washington after suffering an elbow injury on his throwing arm. The team later described the injury as a "stinger." Unfortunately, the location and injury description suggest Mariota aggravated an injury that has bothered him since Week 1.
Mariota suffered an ulnar nerve (aka the funny bone) injury after being struck in the elbow during Tennessee's Week 1 loss to Miami. The impact left the quarterback with numbness in his right hands and fingers. Because the ulnar nerve delivers both sensory and motor messages to the forearm, wrist and hand, Mariota was left with the altered sensation and a diminished grip. He ultimately missed one game while recovering and was forced to wear a partial glove on his throwing hand upon his return.