Marcus Mariota has been placed on the Injured Reserve list after injuring his quad on a run against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. The game plan this year for Las Vegas was to utilize the backup quarterback more, but now that plan is on hold. It is unclear how long Derek Carr’s backup will be out, but he will have to stay on Injured Reserve for at least three weeks per NFL rule. The Raiders went on to beat the Ravens in overtime 33-27.
The #Raiders have placed QB Marcus Mariota on Injured Reserve, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2021
#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
The Las Vegas Raiders can win games without using Marcus Mariota in special play calls. An actual issue would be if Derek Carr also went down with an injury. Mariota’s main job is to be the starter should the Raiders’ starter go down. Now the team would likely have to turn to quarterback Nathan Peterman. A less than ideal option given his interception history on the field.
Marcus Mariota sighting!
Jon Gruden UNLEASHED ?pic.twitter.com/UFfwuJmD5Q
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) September 14, 2021
The Raiders offense will be forced to be more traditional with Mariota out which was good enough to beat a highly touted Ravens team in week one. The injury to Marcus Mariota doesn’t seem too serious and hopefully, he will be able to return shortly after he has spent three weeks on injured reserve.