Tennessee Titans reciever Kendall Wright went through the open portion of practice Wednesday, testing his injured hamstring during individual work.
Wright, who had only practiced part of one session since injuring the hamstring on Aug. 2, is still unlikely to play this week, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.
“I’m probably not going to have Kendall back (for this week),” Mularkey said. “I’m hoping he just progresses each day. He did some good things today. I need to see, really, a good full week of Kendall before I put him out on the field.”
The Titans tried to work Wright back into the mix before their preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins, but Wright re-injured the hamstring in his first practice back.
The Titans also have a hamstring issue with linebacker Derrick Morgan, who sat out Wednesday’s practice. While that might not sound good, Mularkey isn’t ruling out the veteran pass rusher yet for Sunday’s game at the Detroit Lions.
“Morgan—again, we were going to hold him no matter what today and see how he goes tomorrow, but there is a chance he could play,” Mularkey said.
If Morgan is out or limited on Sunday, it could mean a bigger role for second-round pick Kevin Dodd, who posted 12.5 sacks a year ago for national runner-up Clemson. Dodd himself is still working his way back from injury, as he missed virtually all the off-season work and training camp after having surgery on his foot. Dodd was eased into action in his debut, playing 13 snaps against the Vikings in the opener.
Locker for Shaw
The Titans have placed a locker for linebacker Tim Shaw in their renovated locker room.
Shaw, who was diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) about a year after his playing career ended, has been welcomed back as a part of the Titans organization since he found out he had the illness.
Shaw was an honorary captain for the coin toss in Sunday’s season opener and was signed to a one-day contract earlier this year to allow him to be a “Titan for life.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey’s son Patrick works as the Lions pro scouting coordinator, and the two teams meet Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit.
As for going against his son in a way on Sunday, Mularkey said it has been good leading up to it.
“Well, it’s really been nice the last four weeks because he’s scouted us, so I’ve seen him three of the four weeks, which has been very nice. There is a win in this thing somehow. I mean I’m hoping it’s us. It’s funny, I asked him last night who his mom (Betsy) was actually rooting for,” Mularkey said. “I think she’s biased to whoever is asking. It’s nice that he’s in the league. I’m really proud of him. He’s really good at what he does. It will be fun to go against him.”
Mularkey said he won’t be giving his son any edges, as he prepare his advance scouting report on the Titans.
“It was funny because he had just gotten done doing the advanced scouting report on us and he said, You’re one of the more complicated teams based on what you do offensively and defensively.’ He said, ‘I put the staple in the report, and as soon as I do that, you guys claim Josh Kline, and I have to take this whole thing apart and start all over again with new numbers,’” Mularkey said. “And he said, ‘It’s just so frustrating. What’s Kline’s number going to be?’ And I said, ‘I can’t tell you that. That’s a competitive advantage.’ So we’re having a little fun with it.”