Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan will miss Sunday’s game in Arizona due to a knee sprain suffered in last week’s victory over Houston.
Morgan, who leads the Titans with 7.5 sacks, did not progress enough with the injury during the week to be able to play against the Cardinals on Sunday, according to Titans head coach Mike Mularkey.
“He’ll be out this week. He’s still day-to-day in our opinion,” Mularkey said.
Morgan is the only Titans player with an injury designation for Sunday’s game as cornerback Logan Ryan has cleared the league’s concussion protocol and will play. Also tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) and wide receiver Rishard Matthews (hamstring), who has missed the past two games, were full participants and have no injury designation.
With Morgan out, the Titans will turn to veteran Erik Walden as the starter on Sunday.
“He’ll get more than he’s obviously gotten,” Mularkey said. “He’s like a starter for us, the way we rotate those guys. I don’t think there’s a big drop-off. He sets the edge. He’s violent. He’s one of the most violent players I’ve been around. I don’t see us missing a beat with him out there.”
Walden said he won’t approach this Sunday any differently, just because he is spelling Morgan in the starting lineup.
“I treat it like any other week. It’s not anything new. I just want to make sure I’m not a weak link and make sure I’m holding up my end of the bargain.”
Kevin Dodd should move up in the rotation as the third outside linebacker, and Nate Palmer could also get some snaps there.