Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker feared the worst when he first injured his right ankle in the Titans’ overtime win over Cleveland two weeks ago.
Walker and guard Quinton Spain (turf toe) were the only Titans players who did not practice on Wednesday as the team comes off a bye week and readies for Sunday’s game with the Baltimore Ravens.
Walker had to be helped to the sideline when he suffered the injury, and said Wednesday that he had lost feeling in his foot initially after suffering the injury.
“When it first happened, I couldn’t feel my foot. And usually when you can’t feel your foot, something bad has happened. But then about 30 or 40 minutes into it, it started coming back,” Walker said.
The Titans initially feared that Walker had a high ankle sprain, which could have cost him several weeks. But tests done the day after the injury revealed only a bone bruise.
“I would say it’s a good thing (compared to a sprain). It’s a little different with the pain tolerance on having a bone bruise. I think you can recover faster from that,” Walker said. “So I’m glad that that’s all it was.”
Walker said he is feeling better and that he is taking things a day at a time, knowing that only rest and ice can help the situation. To that end, he said the bye came at a good week for him.
As for Spain, he missed a second straight practice with turf toe and still has a walking boot on his right foot.
Elsewhere, safety Johnathan Cyprien practiced for a second straight day and was limited. Titans coach Mike Mularkey indicated that Cyprien might have to be eased back into the lineup, instead of starting right away.
“He did more today than I was expecting. Again, I’m not going to tell you he’s going to start on Sunday,” Mularkey said. “Again, it’s Wednesday. I’ll let you know if he does more tomorrow, but he did more today than he did on Monday.”
As for receiver Corey Davis, he practiced fully on Wednesday after being limited on Monday. He appears on track to rejoin the Titans starting lineup.