There a lot going on with Tennessee Titans injuries this week. The status as of right now of some players may actually surprise you. And the road to the playoffs can’t start until the Titans stay healthy.
As of right now injuries that occurred during last weeks’ game include Nate Washington, Jake Locker and Colin McCarthy. There’s a little bit of everything for you right there. Locker has already made it a point that he WILL be starting no questions asked. A report today from The Tennessean states that his shoulder appears to be separated and he will play with a shoulder brace.
Washington has now missed three straight days of practice with a leg contusion suffered in the missed call during last weeks’ game. He is listed as questionable at this point. According to head coach Mike Munchak though, “He should be fine. He should practice tomorrow. I think he’s gotten much better every day. We’ll see him practice tomorrow and he should be OK for Sunday. “
Titans’ linebacker Colin McCarthy tweeted to his fans after his ankle injury on Sunday that he appreciates the support and he will be “just fine”. But after a few days, Munchak and his crew have officially ruled him out of playing on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
He told reporters earlier this week, “Yeah, I think it’s going to be hard unless he gets a lot better today and tomorrow. He’s questionable right now, and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.” the Titans would make it official that Mccarthy will not be playing, as he has a high ankle sprain.
The team has many options when it comes to linebackers though so that shouldn’t be a problem for Tennessee. It is likely that Will Witherspoon will move into the position for McCarthy.
One of the biggest challenges that the Titans will face is Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his ability to throw to all of his receivers. Rivers connected with seven different players last week, and San Diego’s All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates has always had good games against the Titans.
Witherspoon though made the comment “playing ‘backer is playing ‘’backer, you always have to be prepared to play any one of those positions. A shift or a movement by the offense can always put you in a different position anyway, so you have to prepare for that same standpoint.”
Spoken like a true 11-year veteran NFL player. Plan to see a little more of 2012 NFL Draft pick Zach Brown, as well as veteran Zac Diles.
Mike Otto playing tackle is officially out with a combination of a finger and knee injury and has not practiced all week.
Running back Javon Ringer has been in the hospital with an elbow infection. He has had two operations on it and is currently hooked up to a wound vac to drain fluids from the area. He reported to The Tennessean that doctors told him he could have lost his arm if he didn’t get the infection under control.
Kenny Britt is listed as questionable; However, I see no reason as to why he wouldn’t play. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has been practicing and should have no knee problems come Sunday. Leroy Harris is listed as probable; he has been suffering from a knee injury but has been in full participation in practice both Thursday and Friday.