Cornerback LeShaun Sims’ season could be over after he was ruled out of this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams with a hamstring injury.
Sims, the Titans normal third cornerback, suffered the injury about 40 minutes before the end of practice Wednesday and was sent for an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. Coach Mike Mularkey has already ruled him out for Sunday and indicated that the injury could be a season-ender for the second-year cornerback, who had a game-saving interception against Houston earlier this season.
The situation at cornerback could be even more bleak as starter Logan Ryan also missed his second straight day of work with an ankle injury sustained last Sunday in San Francisco. Ryan did not play at all in the second half against the 49ers after suffering the injury.
“I’m not going to count him out just yet,” Mularkey said of Ryan.
If both Sims and Ryan are out this week, it would leave the Titans likely starting veteran Brice McCain opposite Adoree’ Jackson with Tye Smith and Kalan Reed serving as backups.
Mularkey, who on Wednesday said Reed, who has been inactive since playing week one, would be ready if needed. On Thursday, he praised Smith for doing good work in practice.
“He had a really good practice today, I mean really good. He hasn’t had a lot of defensive reps, the majority of his time has been on special teams,” Mularkey said. “He’s actually been very productive. He had a good camp for us. He’s going to have to play this game, based on if Logan (Ryan) doesn’t, he’s going to have to get some more reps. We feel good about it.”
Elsewhere, defensive end Karl Klug remained out with a groin injury and Nate Palmer was out due to illness.