FRANKLIN _ Wide receiver Corey Davis knows he has to be patient after suffering a hamstring strain that will sideline him for at least a week.
Davis is optimistic that he will be back for the Titans’ season opener against the Oakland Raiders, saying, “I believe so,” when asked about being able to play in that Sept. 10 game.
“It’s not as serious as I thought. We took a look at the MRI an it actually wasn’t as bad (as I thought),” Davis said
Davis, the Titans first-round pick and the fifth choice overall in the draft, spoke about the injury as he walked off the field at Centennial High School Friday night where his Tennessee Titans teammates practiced before 6,800 fans who packed the stadium.
“Honestly, it isn’t that bad. We’re taking it week by week at this point,” Davis said. “Obviously I’m bummed that I can’t practice these next few days. I’m a competitor and I want to be out there and practice and play, but we’re just taking it slow at this point.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey didn’t seem worried about Davis’ injury being too serious.
“There’s nothing in my control. He’s just going to try to get better every day,” Mularkey said. “I’ll know more in a week.”
Davis said he pulled up at the end of his route Thursday in one-on-ones when he felt some pain in the muscle.
“There’s a video and you can kind of tell that I pulled up before it got really bad,” he said. “It’s real tough. I got real emotional about it. I want to get out there and do what I can to help this great team. But I guess that’s not in God’s plan. I’m just going to have to take it slow. I’m week by week right now.”
Davis said he has been through the process of recovering from a hamstring injury before, having suffered a similar injury in college at Western Michigan.
“I have. So I kind know what to expect and know the rehab regimen. I trust this training staff and trust this team to get it right,” Davis said.
Meanwhile, the Titans are moving forward, inserting veteran Eric Decker on the outside to start for Davis. Decker, signed to a one-year deal in late June, continues to impress in practice. That means that Davis’ fellow rookie, third-round pick Taywan Taylor from Western Kentucky, will work from the slot with the first unit while Davis is out.
“It kind of moves Decker to outside, get Taywan inside, which is good for both of those guys to get the reps,” Mularkey said.