Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Corey Davis limped off the field Thursday morning with a hamstring injury and was taken for an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.
“They’re doing an MRI on him right now. We’ll know more about him after the MRI, but it’s a hamstring as well,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said at the conclusion of Thursday’s practice.
Davis, who was the fifth pick in this year’s draft, made a catch on an inside route against Logan Ryan in one-on-one drills and made his way to the opposite sideline. A little bit later, Davis was walking gingerly down the sideline toward the facility where one of the Titans’ trainers met him and escorted him inside to assess his health.
“They were running one-on-one routes. He ran a very good route, won the route. He just pulled it after the catch,” Mularkey explained.
The Titans might be better equipped to handle the loss of Davis in the short term, as they have free agent pickup Eric Decker, who moved in to take first-team reps when Davis went out. Rookie Taywan Taylor figures to move into the slot position in the interim as well.
“I’m not worried about it; it’s part of the game. It’s out of my control right now. We’ll do whatever we can to get him healthy, but we’re OK at that position,” Mularkey said.
Decker, in his eighth season, said Davis has to make sure to take care of his health first in recovering from the injury.
“Expectations were on him. Everybody wants to see him play right away, but he’s got to be smart with his body, especially with a hamstring. You’ve got to take some time. He can still learn with mental reps and walk-throughs. The guy can play football. He’s a physical specimen. He’s done it in college. For him, he’s just got to take care of his body. … You don’t want to push something like that. Hopefully, he takes care of his body.”
Davis wasn’t the only front line skill player to be battling a hamstring injury. Running back DeMarco Murray, who watched most of Tuesday’s practice after individual work, was out Thursday with a hamstring issue. Mularkey, however, said it was not serious.
“He had a little bit of a tweak of his hamstring yesterday. He’s day-to-day. I don’t think it’s anything serious. We just sent him inside and he’s being treated. It’s not serious,” he said.
Derrick Henry got first-team reps for the second straight practice in Murray’s stead.