Nov 11, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy (52) runs for a touchdown after an interception of a pass from Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (not pictured) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Colin McCarthy Returns, Hopeful for Preseason Finale

 

It’s probably a little too late for Colin McCarthy to save his starting job. After the Aug. 17 preseason loss, head coach Mike Munchak admitted that Moise Fokou had gained an advantage because he has been taking almost all of the reps at training camp. McCarthy has been sidelined with a nagging hamstring injury. This kept him out for at least three preseason games.

Injuries kept McCarthy out of nine games last season. One of his seven appearances came against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Oct. 11, McCarthy registered eight tackles in a 26-23 Titans victory. McCarthy probably won’t get the starting reps when these teams collide for the Week 1 opener on Sep. 8. Maybe that will give him some extra time to heal up.

Linebackers have been falling like flies. Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown and Zaviar Gooden are other linebackers who aren’t expected to play in the third preseason game. Those injuries have forced management to pursue free agents who can at least finish out training camp, e.g. Gary Guyton.

What have our readers thought about Fokou over the first two games? Has it been an improvement or regression when compared to McCarthy starting? Will McCarthy re-gain his starting job later this season? Discuss in the comments, Twitter or Facebook.

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