Linebacker Derrick Morgan was held out of Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, apparently sustained during Tuesday’s work.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he made the call to hold Morgan out of practice on Wednesday. The club is hopeful that the veteran outside linebacker, who has a career high nine sacks this season, would be able to do some things on Thursday and be able to play in Saturday’s critical game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“It’s to be determined, but I’m pretty sure he could practice,” Mularkey said of Morgan for Thursday.
In addition to Morgan, cornerback Jason McCourty was held out with his shoulder/chest injury. His chances for playing on Saturday don’t sound nearly as strong.
“If he doesn’t practice tomorrow, … I’d probably say no,” Mularkey said of McCourty playing Sunday.
The long-time Titans cornerback was injured when another player fell on him after he hit the turf out of bounds on the first defensive play of the game for Tennessee.
“It’s getting better. It’s feeling better than it did the day before,” McCourty said. “Some of it will be pain tolerance, but some of it will be getting all the soreness out, just so that you can get more movement in it.”
That would mean a potential start for rookie LeShaun Sims and that fellow rookie Kalan Reed could see action on defense. As insurance, the Titans also promoted cornerback D’Joun (D.J.) Smith from their practice squad to the 53-man roster to replace Karl Klug, who went on injured reserve on Wednesday.
“D.J. Smith will come up with the injury to J-Mac. We’re going to bring him up and bring some decisions on the inactives for Saturday,” Mularkey said.
Smith, who was a 2015 third-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts, signed with the Titans after being let go off the Detroit Lions practice squad earlier this season. Knee and ankle injuries factored into Smith’s release by the Colts.
“The injury to the knee had me out a full year, a year and a half, and then I got injured again. It was unfortunate, but that wasn’t God’s plan for my life. All I could do was accept His will for my life and keep moving forward.”
Also on the injury front, linebacker Sean Spence (ankle), tight end Phillip Supernaw (concussion) and safety Da’Norris Searcy (concussion) all practiced fully for the second straight day.