Wide receiver Eric Decker did not practice again on Thursday and almost certainly won’t play Sunday when the Tennessee Titans host the Chicago Bears.
“He would have to practice tomorrow, and I don’t see that happening,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “If they don’t practice (on Friday), I have a hard time playing them on Sunday. It’s like a regular season game.”
Decker originally twisted his ankle following an acrobatic catch in one-on-one work last Wednesday in a joint practice against the Carolina Panthers and has not practiced since suffering the injury that was not believed to be serious.
Decker, signed by the Titans in June after the New York Jets released him as a cap casualty, is one of a number of players on the roster who have been out of practice this week for Tennessee.
First-round wide receiver Corey Davis also remains out, and won’t play against the Bears either this weekend. The plan is to re-evaluate Davis early next week to determine if he can get any work in before the preseason concludes next Thursday at Kansas City. If not, Davis would likely get his first taste of game action in the regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 10.
“He’s coming along. We’re going to look a little bit harder at him after this game,” Mularkey said. “We’ll see where he’s at. He’s running on a treadmill – not a real treadmill – but it’s taking some pressure off his lower half. It’s called an Alter G. He’s running pretty well with that. When he starts to run on the treadmill, that’ll be a good stage as to where we are with him.
“Nobody’s down on him. Nobody’s disappointed. We know he wants to come back and we want him to come back.”
Others who were out of practice again on Thursday included linebacker Nate Palmer (ankle), fullback Jalston Fowler (thigh), safety Curtis Riley (hamstring) and wide receiver Mekale McKay (hamstring).
The injury list grew by one on Thursday as the Titans pulled nose tackle Antwaun Woods from practice as he apparently pulled a muscle in the hip area. Woods had been having a strong training camp and preseason, and even started over veteran free agent picky Sylvester Williams in the preseason opener against the New York Jets.
Also, safety Da’Norris Searcy was out of practice on Thursday as he was excused for personal reasons.