Chris Johnson sat out Tuesday's practice with a sore ankle suffered in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Johnson rolled his right ankle on the 35-yard run near the end of the 27-13 loss, but said he should be able to play Saturday when the Titans play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I'm feeling all right. Toward the end of the game, I had a little ankle problem on the long run I had,” Johnson said. “I've hand an ankle problem before and this one is not as bad as the one I had against Baltimore (in the playoff game). So it should be all right. I think I should play on Saturday. It wasn't good enough to go today. I'll take a break and maybe heal up some.”
Titans coach Mike Munchak said he believes Johnson should be able to go, but the training staff is proceeding with caution.
“I think he's doing OK. He was sore today,” Munchak said. “We thought we'd hold off on doing anything with him. Tomorrow, hopefully, we'll get a better feel for where he's at and see if we have a problem or not.
“We're assuming we'll be OK. The training staff feels pretty good about him. CJ feels pretty good. I think if he starts working tomorrow, we'll have a better feel. We'll have a couple of days to figure out if there's an issue.”
Johnson said that if there is an issue to be concerned with it would be making cuts on the sore ankle. He admitted the ankle was sore, but he still managed to do a commercial shoot on Monday.
“It's pretty sore. I haven't run on it. After the game, trying to walk on it, I was limping really bad,” Johnson said. “Yesterday, I was limping. I was shooting a commercial yesterday, and I couldn't really walk on it. I'm doing much better today.”
As for being able to make cuts, that is something the Titans will monitor and observe, Munchak said.
“That's something where we would have to be concerned with how long he could hold up doing that, how effective he would be,” Munchak said. “I think it will be more of seeing what that will look like in practice over the next couple of days on his change of direction and things like that and see if we have concerns or not with what we see.”
Johnson, who has 930 yards rushing, says he still hopes to reach 1,000 yards for the season to salvage something from an otherwise disappointing year.
"Any running back going over 1,000 yards, it puts you up there with an elite group of running backs and things like that," Johnson said. "Even though I'm not having the best of years, going over 1,000 yards is something that a lot of people thought wouldn't happen."
As for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, he made it through a full practice without any issues on his sore left calf.
“I think it's good that he played in the game and played 50 or 60 snaps and he's able to come out here on Tuesday and do the full practice,” he said. “We weren't really concerned about it after the game, because during the game he held up pretty good. But it's good that he's there. So far, so good this week.”
Receiver Nate Washington was allowed to rest his sore ankle because the Titans practiced inside, and linebacker Gerald McRath did some running on the side with the hope that he can return to practice perhaps as early as Wednesday.