, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is hurt again, not that Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel is saying just yet just how bad his quarterback is injured.Mariota suffered a stinger when sacked inside the final minute of the first half Saturday in the Titans‘ 25-16 victory over the Washington Redskins. Mariota knelt on the field and had his right, throwing arm examined before walking to the sideline and straight to the locker room. He never returned.“He’s still being evaluated,” Vrabel said after the game.Mariota didn’t speak after the game and was seen riding a cart away from the locker room after the seventh game the quarterback has left with an injury in his career. The last time Mariota couldn’t finish a game with a stinger was Nov. 18 in a loss in Indianapolis, but he started the next game.The Titans (8-6) host Indianapolis on the final day of the regular season needing a victory with at least one loss by either Baltimore or Pittsburgh to claim the AFC’s sixth and final playoff seed. Vrabel isn’t scheduled to talk to reporters again until Monday.Four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey also was hurt late in the fourth quarter. He missed some practice this week with a knee injury and had to be helped off the field.Mariota apparently gave some critique of Derrick Henry’s passing skills after the running back overthrew Luke Stocker late in the third quarter on first-and-10 at the Washington 23.“Marcus made fun of me,” Henry said. “He said it looked bad on TV. I wish I would have gotten it. I’m going to be mad about that for a long time.”Mariota first hurt his throwing arm in the season opener , suffering nerve injury in his elbow that cost him a start. Blaine Gabbert, who also started the Titans’ win over Houston on Sept. 16, threw for 101 yards and the game-winning touchdown in relief this time. Gabbert said he’ll prepare to start regardless of Mariota’s status.“Like you saw tonight, it can happen in a split second that you’re in the game, so you’ve always got to be ready when your number is called,” Gabbert said. As this time of year rolls around, and as usual, the Redskins are sitting at home watching meaningful football on their TV’s, talk turns to the NFL Draft. And, as usual this time of year, we have our normal “we need to draft a guard in the first round” club. Skins fans - guess what?...been there, done that. How has our recent record been?...that’s what I thought.Yesterday I wrote a column about why the Skins need to focus on overall team speed this off-season, but in no way, shape of form does that mean we should go another year neglecting the left guard position. It’s more a question of WHEN we should address that position...not IF. There are some potential answers at guard for 2019 staring us right in the face. Arie Kouandjio was, by all accounts, being counted in to start the season last year at left guard. An unfortunate injury in the spring forced him to injured reserve Womens Dwayne Haskins Jersey
, and forced the Redskins to look elsewhere for a starting guard.Unfortunately for the team and fans, they decided to turn, yet again, to veteran Shawn Lauvao. The veteran linemen, yet again, got injured and was placed in IR for the season, leaving a massive hole on an otherwise strong unit.The Redskins have two potential starting guards as 2019 free agents in Jonathan Cooper and Arie Kouandjio. Both guys are under 30, and both have the potential to fit into the Redskins offensive scheme. The problem with Copper, like Lauvao, is he can’t seem to stay healthy. With Kouandjio, it’s more of a consistency issue. He’s played well at times, but at others, he’s struggled. The best bet would be to re-sign one of the two, and let them compete for a spot in training camp with whoever the Redskins bring in (hopefully) during the draft. And now on to that draft part...There are no clear-cut pure left guard prospects like the Colts Quentin Nelson who will go high in this draft. but none of them are interior guys. There are however, some really good prospects who could be available after the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.The Redskins currently hold their own selection in the third round, but will likely get an additional comp pick in the third for losing Kirk Cousins via free agency. Let’s take a look at some potential third round left guard options for the Skins in 2019:*I am not adding any pure centers to my list, but will add some players who can project to either C or G.Beau BenzschawelGWisc.6’6” 315 RD 2 (could he slip to the 3rd?)Martez IveyGFlorida6’5” 306RD 2 (could he slip to the 3rd?)Michael DeiterG/CWisc.6’6” 310RD 2 (could he slip to the 3rd?)Terronne PrescodGN.C State6’5” 334 RD 2-3Ben PowersGOklahoma6’4” 312 RD 2-3Darryl WilliamsGMiss St.6’2” 310 RD 2-3Chris LindstromGB.C.6’3” 310 RD 2-3Conner McGovernG/CPSU6’5” 325 RD 3Garrett BrumfieldGLSU6’2” 303 RD 3Ryan BatesGPSU6’4” 310 RD 3Dru SamiaGOklahoma6’5” 298 RD 3Nate DavisGCharlotte6’2” 310 RD 3Michael JordanG/COhio St.6’6” 310 RD 3-4Derwin GrayGMaryland6’5” 330 RD 3-4Lester CottonGAlabama6’3” 325 RD 3-4Alex BarsGN.D.6’5” 310 RD 3-4Damian PrinceGMaryland6’3” 320 RD 3-4*Note: Some of these projections will change after the Senior Bowl/Combine. There may not be a lot of top-end talent at guard, but as you can see, this draft is loaded in the middle rounds with starting-level players - many of whom can be plug-and-play NFL interior linemen. The Redskins would be wise to use their picks in the first and second rounds to improve their overall team speed on both sides of the ball, and use one of their third round picks on a left guard.