LeShaun Sims did not practice again on Friday and will miss the Tennessee Titans’ opener against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday due to a groin injury.
Sims, the Titans’ starter at cornerback, suffered the injury on Monday during a special teams drill and missed practice for the rest of the week.
There was some good news for the Titans as left tackle Taylor Lewan, who suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s practice, was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Even on Thursday, Titans coach Mike Mularkey had said he expected that Lewan would play Sunday against the Raiders.
Sims’ injury likely opens the door for rookie Adoree’ Jackson to make his first career start. The first-round pick struggled in a preseason start against the Chicago Bears, but said he has learned from that game.
“(I learned to) just play ball, just do what I know I’m capable of doing. Don’t try to play too fast. I;ve just been playing ball and don’t (want to) make it difficult,” Jackson said.
Jackson and the Titans’ revamped secondary will get quite the challenge in the opener from Raiders receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts, in addition to a new pickup in former Titans tight end Jared Cook.
Mularkey said Jackson, who is also the Titans’ punt returner, will play a lot Sunday, stopping short of revealing him as the starter. He believes that between Jackson, Brice McCain and Kalan Reed the Titans have enough depth at cornerback to navigate through Sims’ injury.
“I think we’re OK out there. We’ve got some pretty good depth. Adoree’ will play a good bit,” Mularkey said.