The Tennessee Titans will be without strong safety Johnathan Cyprien for several weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury against the Oakland Raiders in Sunday’s season-opening loss.
Cyprien, who came over as a free agent from the Jacksonville Jaguars, will miss the opportunity to return there and play against his old team on Sunday when the two AFC South foes are scheduled to meet.
“Johnathan Cyprien will probably be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “…Fortunately, we have some depth at that position with (Da’Norris Searcy) and Curtis Riley as well. We have some depth there. That’s one of the positions we kept for special teams, and so we’ve got some guys there that can step in and have some experience.”
Searcy, a former starter for the Titans at strong safety, finished up Sunday’s game for Cyprien. Riley was inactive as a healthy scratch, but should be part of the 46-man game-day roster this week against the Jaguars.
It remains to be seen if the Titans will add a safety to the active roster. Denzel Johnson is on the team’s practice squad.
Cyprien’s injury isn’t the only one the Titans will be monitoring this week in the secondary. Cornerback Tye Smith suffered a broken hand, but there is the chance he could play with the injury. Also, cornerback LeShaun Sims, who missed the opener with a groin injury, should be back this week, according to Mularkey.
Riding the storm out
Mularkey said he has not yet spoken with anyone from the NFL about the possibility that Sunday’s game in Jacksonville could have to be relocated due to flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Irma, which has ravaged Florida.
“I really have not had anything with anybody that would be making the decisions with that. I don’t know exactly what their situation is right now,” Mularkey said. “I haven’t heard anything from there. I’ve been trying to find out some things with the home I have down there, other than that I think they’re still in the middle of the storm right now, so I really don’t know.”
One option the league has would be to have the Titans host the Jaguars on Sunday and then travel to Jacksonville on Dec. 31, when Tennessee is supposed to have the home date against Jacksonville.
Mularkey has other concerns about the storms in Florida, because he has family and a home there.
Asked about his house’s condition, he said, “Wet, I know that, unfortunately. Everybody where the house is has been evacuated, nobody can go back across the Intracostal (Bridge). Nobody knows.”
Mularkey said his son who lives in Florida had evacuated the area and his wife’s family had weathered the storm and were doing OK.
Practice squad swap
The Titans have re-signed tight end Tim Semisch to the practice squad and released Jerome Cunningham. Both were with the club in camp.
Also, the Titans reached injury settlements with defensive lineman Jimmy Staten and fullback Joe Bacci, freeing them to sign with other teams.