A Tennessee Titans secondary that was battered by the San Francisco 49ers last week could he short-handed on Sunday when the high-powered Los Angeles Rams come to town.
Logan Ryan, who missed the second half of last Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, is still day-to-day and did not practice on Wednesday.
Also, to reserve cornerback LeShaun Sims suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s practice and was sent to undergo an MRI to determine the seriousness of the injury.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey was asked about the possibility of potentially using free safety Kevin Byard, who has six interceptions this season, as a nickelback on Sunday.
“It’s still Wednesday. With LeShaun (Sims) down, I don’t even know how serious he is to even start having conversations about it. I’m sure they’ll come up here after we get done today,” Mularkey said.
If Ryan and/or Sims cannot play Sunday, it could mean that second-year cornerback Kalan Reed could be active for the first time all season.
Reed was active for only one game all season – the season opener against the Oakland Raiders – and has been a healthy scratch every week since then. If pressed into duty, Mularkey professed confidence in the 2016 Mr. Irrelevant, who got into four games as a rookie last year.
“I don’t think as difficult as you think. He has really practiced extremely well. He has done a great job for our look team,” Mularkey said. “He’s really been absolutely a somewhat of a pain as a cover guy. The unfortunate part is you have to put somebody down, and with the numbers, he’s that guy right now. If he came up, he studies it every week like he’s playing. I know he’ll be prepared if that’s the case.”
Also, defensive end Karl Klug did not practice due to a groin strain suffered in the loss to the 49ers and appears to be a long shot to suit up Sunday.
There was some good news in that linebacker Derrick Morgan, out the past two games with a sprained knee, appears on track to play Sunday. He was limited in Wednesday’s work, but did more than when he practiced last week.
“Derrick (Morgan) has had a really good year,” Mularkey said. “He’s been very productive, very consistent, he’s been disruptive. He’s been very good in the run game, which again, you’ve got a team coming in here that can run the ball pretty seriously. I’ll say it’ll be good to have him back.”