The Tennessee Titans had quite the scare on Saturday night in their preseason matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Second year pro wide receiver Kendall Wright appeared to suffer a serious knee injury, immediately giving fans and players reason to worry.
Wright suffered the injury while running a pattern in the loss to Cincinnati, and spent the remainder of the game with his knee wrapped on the sideline. Before the injury, he had caught 4 passes for 44 yards up to that point.
After an MRI, Wright was given the diagnosis of a sprained knee, not a torn ACL thankfully. Head coach Mike Munchak said that he will definitely miss the team’s third preseason game and probably the rest of the preseason. Munchak also said that he hopes Wright can return by the season opener on September 8th, but no official timetable has been set.
Wright enjoyed a great rookie year when he caught 64 passes for 626 yards and four scores, and many pick him to be the team’s breakout player in 2013. He seemed to develop quite the chemistry with young quarterback Jake Locker and could wind up being his most sure-handed target in the future.
The Titans play the Atlanta Falcons Saturday on a day where starters typically get the most playing time out of any of the four preseason games. It would have been an important game for Wright, but all the focus now is whether or not he can be ready for the 2013 debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A source close to the situation told Adam Schefter that Wright will definitely miss the rest of the preseason, so at this time it is not clear whether he will be ready for Pittsburgh. But, with the correct rest and rehab it’s not out of the question. We will keep you posted on the status of Wright’s knee as we hear more.