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The PITTSBURGH-Las Vegas Raiders placed backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on the Injured Reserve on Saturday, five days after he aggravated a quadriceps injury on a 31-yard run in the Raiders’ 33-27 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Mariota, 27, interrupted a 31-yard run in the middle of the Raiders’ first series but seemed shaken by the tackle. It was his only play. Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday he had hoped to use Mariota more in the game.
The No. 2 overall pick of the 2015 draft and the Heisman Trophy winner in 2014 has not been able to stay healthy since signing with Las Vegas in March 2020. Mariota has been active in just six games and has played in two. He initially suffered the quadriceps injury during a practice in early August.
According to The Associated Press, Mariota will receive a total of $ 12.625 million for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
With Mariota out for at least three weeks, Nathan Peterman will be Derek Carr’s backup as the Raiders play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
The Raiders also promoted linebacker Marquel Lee, guard Lester Cotton Sr. and ran Trey Ragas back from the training team to the active roster. Lee was a fifth-round pick in the 2017 Raiders election, but did not play in the NFL last season.