The Tennessee Titans will be without safety Da’Norris Searcy for a couple of weeks, according to coach Mike Mularkey.
Searcy suffered a high left ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders,and though it is not a typical high ankle sprain that can sideline a player for fan extended period of time, Searcy nonetheless will be out this week and probably next week against the Miami Dolphins.
“It’s going to be two weeks at least. It is (a high ankle sprain), but it’s not like one where you miss four to six weeks,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.
Searcy was seen in the Titans locker room on crutches.
Daimion Stafford and Kevin Byard, both of whom have been rotating in at safety and playing in certain packages, will replace Searcy in the lineup, and the injury could also mean that Curtis Riley might be active for the first time since being promoted from the practice squad last week.
As for other injuries, tight end Delanie Walker (hamstring) and guard Quinton Spain(knee) were both out of practice on Wednesday. The Titans are planning for them to return later in the week.
Cornerback Cody Riggs and receiver Tajae Sharpe were both listed as limited participation on Wednesday with hamstring problems.
Kendall Wright went through a full practice with his hamstring that has kept him out all of preseason and the first three regular season games. He is expected to play for the first time this Sunday.
“It was really just good being out there. That was the fun part,” Wright said “It’s not fun just watching week in and week out and just going to treatment and being out there standing and watching practice. It was fun and exciting to be out there and be a part of everything.”
Left tackle Taylor Lewan was asked if he had an explanation for Marcus Mariota having more success on the road than at Nissan Stadium, where the Titans won just once last year.
Lewan said that the home place has become like a road game in essence and that it is up to the Titans themselves to stop that and turn it around by winning at home.
“When we play at home, it’s not really a home game, because there are just as many of the opponent’s fans. There’s really no difference except that we’re not flying somewhere. But that’s on us as a team. We’ve got to win games. We can’t expect fans to come and support us if we’re not winning games.”
The Titans have lost 16 of their past 18 home games, with their only wins coming at the expense of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Special teams assistant Shaw
Former Titans linebacker and special teams captain Tim Shaw, stricken with ALS, has been welcomed by the organization enough that they signed him to a one-day contract and gave him a locker in the locker room.
But now they have put Shaw to work. Coach Mike Mularkey asked Shaw if he wanted to do some film work in preparing this week’s introduction to the Houston Texans. Shaw did and presented it to the team on Monday.
“Tim Shaw got up and did our special teams preview and did an unbelievable job. He studied film all week and presented their special teams report to us, and it was outstanding, really good,” Mularkey said. “…I asked him if he’d been interested in doing that. He immediately couldn’t wait to do it, and he did an outstanding job, outstanding.”
Maybe it’s not meant to be for Marcus Mariota to have to face J.J. Watt.
Last season, Mariota missed both games against the Texans with two separate knee sprain injuries.
This time, as the Texans week rolls around, it is Watt who is on the shelf, perhaps for the season, with a back injury.
“It’s kind of weird, now that you think about it. But again, you never want to see a guy go down and you just wish him well,” Mariota said.
It may be a big break, however for Mariota and the Titans as Watt has tormented them over the past few seasons.
Last year, Watt and the Texans sacked Zach Mettenberger seven times in Houston, which ultimately led to owner Amy Adams Strunk firing Coach Ken Whisenhunt for his failure to protect his quarterback.
Of course the year before that, Whisenhunt and offensive line coach Bob Bostad foolishly singled blocked Watt with journeyman Will Svitek, as the results were predictable.