It sounds like Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou may have won the starting middle linebacker job. According to Terry McCormick from TitanInsider, head coach Mike Munchak made the following comment about Colin McCarthy and his hamstring injury:
Right now, (Fokou is) our starter, unless something changes between now and three weeks. I don’t know what’s gonna go on with Colin. But right now, he would be our starter. I don’t know if Colin will be practicing this week, and next week. It all depends on how that plays out. I’d like him to play. I would think he would want to play too. I think if he’s healthy enough you want to get him on the field.
Not encouraging news for a defense that’s allowed 163 and 193 rushing yards in their first two preseason games, respectively. Some people would argue that McCarthy is the most important player on that unit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if he can’t stay healthy. He’s rarely available and he can’t stay healthy when he does play. Injuries were a huge reason for his plummeting draft stock. Now they’re costing him his NFL career.
Initially, management had signed Fokou to provide serviceable depth behind their three starters (Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown and McCarthy). With Ayers, McCarthy and third-round rookie Zaviar Gooden all injured, the Titans are dangerously thin at linebacker. None of the reserves have shown anything during the first two preseason games. Players such as Tim Shaw, Scott Solomon and Jonathan Willard may need to step up.
At this point, I’m not sure what’s more annoying: McCarthy’s inability to stay healthy or his inability to get healthy at a reasonable rate. Put both together and you have a football watcher, not a football player.
One can only hope he gets well soon and stays that way.