The NFL may have to wait a bit longer to see Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota throw a football in gym shorts. Mariota recently told reporters that he may not throw during February's NFL Combine due to a sprained AC joint, according to the Star Advertiser's Dave Reardon.
Here is the quote from Mariota, as transcribed by Reardon:
"Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the Combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said, speaking at a press conference Saturday in Laie, where he was being honored as the first Polynesian College Football Player of the Year. "I sprained the AC joint (in his right, throwing, shoulder). But now, I'm able to throw. Feels good."
Mariota likely passed on the opportunity to play in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl because of the injury. He noted during his press conference that he "feels good" but he and his team are likely worried about him throwing at less than full strength. If Mariota were to skip on passing at the Combine, he would not be seen by scouts until his Pro Day in March.
Mariota is considered to be one of the top two quarterbacks in this year's draft class. It is unclear how skipping passing drills would impact his draft stock.