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Mariota battered, banged up after fourth straight loss

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Marcus Mariota was sacked six times against the Dolphins on Sunday, hit on nearly twice as many other plays, and Tennessee lost its fourth consecutive game since winning their season opener against Tampa Bay. 

Trailing Miami 10-3 in the second quarter, Mariota was hit in the left knee by defensive end Olivier Vernon after throwing a pass that fell incomplete toward Kendall Wright. Vernon appeared to dive at Mariota's leg and was whistled for roughing the passer.

"I think it was B.S.," Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said of the hit after the game. "I think it should be taken out of the game. That's not the way you play football. I think it was done with the idea of trying to hurt our quarterback, and that's (expletive)."

Mariota did not exit the game, but returned after halftime wearing a knee brace. He is scheduled to receive an MRI on Monday.

"For the most part, I didn't even think about it," Mariota said. "That's how you've got to play. You can't really think about what's going on with your health. You've just got to play. And that's what I did. He came up to me after the game and apologized, so, I don't think it was malicious at all."

Mariota and the Titans next play at home against the Falcons (5-1) next Sunday,

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