Tennessee Titans: Are Injuries Becoming a Concern?

Aug 24, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak watches his team play against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Falcons 27-16. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans have been one of the luckier teams this offseason with no major injuries occurring during camp or preseason. The only real setback has been to newly acquired tight end Delanie Walker, who is expected at full strength when the Titans play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. Recently though, the Titans have suffered a rash of “minor” injuries to key players:

LB: Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Zaviar Gooden
WR: Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Kevin Walter, Marc Mariani
DL: Sammie Lee Hill, Ropati Pitoitua
RB/FB: Quinn Johnson, Shonn Greene

Injuries are part of the game; players play hurt. This is only preseason; most guys wouldn’t be listed during the regular season.

Walter may return six weeks after the season starts. Then a decision will have to be made based on his rehab.

Mariani might be at the biggest disadvantage because of his situation. He was fighting for a roster spot and Darius Reynaud has already proven that he can fill returning duties if necessary.

McCarthy has lost his starting position to Moise Fokou due to his inability to stay healthy. The team wants him to be the starter but not until he can prove he can stay healthy.

Most of the players above, if not all are expected to play Week 1, but are they still a concern? Because of the potential possibility of the injuries lingering.

 

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Topics: NFL, Tennessee Titans

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