Cornerback Jason McCourty is questionable for Saturday’s game with a hip flexor injury that is not considered to be serious.
McCourty was held out of team drills again on Friday after not taking part in Wednesday’s work either.
McCourty missed 12 games last season with a groin injury that required two different surgeries. However, this latest injury is unrelated to the groin problem.
“He did not run at all yesterday or today. He’s got a little bit of a hip flexor, nothing that’s going to hold him out (long-term). He is questionable,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Friday.
Cornerback Perrish Cox, the odds-on favorite to be the Titans other starting cornerback, is out with an ankle injury and will not play. That means that the Titans are likely to go with Antwan Blake and Brice McCain on the outside and more reps for corners like B.W. Webb, Cody Riggs, LeShaun Sims and Kalan Reed.
Mularkey is looking at the two top corners possibly being out this week as a chance for some of the other players to prove themselves against a Carolina team that was in the Super Bowl last year.
“It’s like the receiver position where you get one traded and one injured. You get bumped up the ladder and get more opportunities. In the long run, this could be good for a lot of those young guys,” Mularkey said.
Other players on the injury report for Saturday night’s game for the Titans include receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring), and receiver Andrew Turzilli (groin), who is questionable. Linebackers Kevid Dodd (foot) and Aaron Wallace (ankle) both practiced on Friday and will go through pre-game warmups Saturday. They will make their preseason debuts next week in Oakland.
Kelly to work at right tackle
Although newcomer Dennis Kelly got some work on the left side at offensive tackle with the second group on Friday, Coach Mike Mularkey indicated that the Titans would keep things simple for him in his first game by playing him at right tackle.
Kelly would backup rookie Jack Conklin after getting a crash course in the offense since being acquired Tuesday in a trade for receiver Dorial Green-Beckam.