Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Aaron Wallace has a high ankle sprain, but x-rays showed no fracture for the seventh-round pick, per a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Wallace was pursuing a ball carrier on a play in Monday’s first full pad practice when his ankle was rolled up on. Wallace laid on the ground in pain until trainers could assist him. Wallace was then carried off the field and taken in for an examination.
It is not yet known the severity of the high ankle sprain and how much time Wallace might be forced to miss. On the low end, it could only be a few days, but on the extreme, it could take several weeks to recover from such an injury.
According to Coach Mike Mularkey, the 2016 seventh-round pick, had actually sprained his ankle earlier in practice, but continued on, before suffering the more serious injury.
“He sprained the ankle earlier, and it got rolled up on him pretty good the second time. I’ll have a better answer tomorrow. It didn’t (look good), not the way he went down,” Mularkey said.
The Titans have been impressed with the former UCLA linebacker’s ability to quickly learn both the inside and outside linebacker positions through the off-season. Wallace is vying to be one of the team’s backup linebackers behind starters Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo.
Wallace was the only injury suffered by a Titans player in Monday’s full pad practice, but a couple of other players are also nursing injuries.
Cornerback Brice McCain, who is battling with Perrish Cox for the starting job opposite Jason McCourty, missed practice due to the sprained ankle he suffered late in Sunday’s practice defending Delanie Walker on a deep route.
McCain could miss a couple more days before he returns, according to Mularkey.
“He’s probably Thursday for Friday, end of the week. He’s got a little more swelling than we anticipated. It’s a tough position to play when you’ve got a swollen ankle,” Mularkey said.
Running back Antonio Andrews, who was supposed to get the first crack at being the team’s third running back behind DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, has been slowed by a hamstring injury and has yet to do any team drills in camp. In his place, David Cobb and to a lesser extent Bishop Sankey, have gotten those reps in practice.
“He’s got a little bit of a hamstring that we’re watching. He did it the first day we were out here, the first fast practice. We’re monitoring him, so he’s going through individual and hopefully by getting a break on Wednesday, that should help him. I’m hoping by Thursday or Friday he should be back,” Mularkey said.