Wide receiver Kendall Wright won’t play in the season opener for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and is scheduled to undergo another MRI on his injured left hamstring soon.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey made the declaration after practice Wednesday that Wright won’t go in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
“I really have no time frame on Kendall. You think he’s got a chance, and then there’s a setback. I really have no time frame on Kendall. That’s really going to be up to Kendall,” Mularkey said. “I know he’s working in here extremely hard. He wants to play. I know he does. It’s got to be killing him, it’s opening day. But for some reason that thing is not coming around as it should. He will not play in the opener.”
Wright originally tweaked his hamstring on Aug. 2 and missed the remainder of training camp. He returned the Monday before the preseason finale with plans to play in that game, but re-injured the hamstring. Wright has already had a couple of MRIs on the hamstring, but still cannot go full burst, the coach indicated.
Wright mostly deferred discussion of the injury to Mularkey, but said he remains optimistic that the injury will get better soon.
“I’m not really frustrated. I’m really optimistic. I’m upbeat,” Wright said. “I’m watching them (other receivers) right now. I’m grinding, and coming in here every day at six in the morning and doing what I’ve got to do. I’m really excited to watch these guys play this week and be ready to be out there with them soon.”
With Wright out of the picture, Harry Douglas will be the primary slot receiver as he has been throughout the preseason. But Mularkey indicated Wednesday that several guys could see time at the spot in various packages, including Andre Johnson, Rishard Matthews and newcomer Marc Mariani.