Titans’ Kendall Wright suffers knee sprain, expected back for Week 1
Wright hurt his knee in the second quarter of the 27-19 loss to the Bengals. Although Wright made his way to the sidelines without assistance, he needed to be carted off to the locker room for further evaluation by team trainers. Wright did not return in the game, and reportedly walked around the locker room with a knee wrap.
He finished Saturday night’s game with four receptions for 44 yard and no touchdowns.
Although Wright acknowledged that he was worried immediately after the injury on Saturday, he did not expect it to be an ACL tear. Those early indications were verified by further tests on Sunday.
Titans coach Mike Munchak described Wright as day-to-day with the knee sprain. At the very least, Wright is a no-go for next Saturday’s game, when the Titans host the Atlanta Falcons at the LP Field. Wright is also likely to miss the remainder of the preseason. However, Munchak is optimistic that Wright will be ready to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1.
A first-round pick out of Baylor in 2012, Wright had a team leading 64 receptions for 626 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. Heading into his second NFL season with the Titans, Wright was expected to be the No. 3 receiver behind Kenny Britt and Nate Washington on the depth chart.
If Wright were to sit out the final two preseason games due to the knee sprain, second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Justin Hunter, could see more playing time in the Titans’ offense during that period.
On the opposite side of the ball, linebacker Akeem Ayers – who also prematurely left Saturday’s game due to an ankle injury – is also in the clear from any significant damage. Ayers apparently suffered a bruised ankle, which should take a week to heal. So, he is potentially out for the rest of the preseason.
At the moment, the Titans are thin at linebacker with Colin McCarthy already sidelined with a hamstring injury; and are now set to face the Falcons next week without two of their three starting linebackers.