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McCarthy in boot, questionable

The on-going injury situation for Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy is still moving at a very slow pace, as the linebacker remained in a walking boot on Friday, and will be evaluated on Saturday as to whether he will play Sunday at Buffalo.

McCarthy is listed as questionable on the injury report and was held out of another practice for precautionary reasons.

“We just thought it was smarter not to irritate it at all and let him rest, kind of like what we did in the past with him,” Munchak said. “He feels better every day, but to come out here and get 10 snaps in individual, we really didn't think it was worth it to put him through that. Each day he's gotten better. We thought it would be better not to irritate it and evaluate him tomorrow.”

McCarthy had told TitanInsider on Monday that the ankle injury probably wouldn't heal as long as long as he continued to play on it.

“I've never had a high ankle (before), so I don't know what to expect,” McCarthy said on Monday. “It doesn't get healthy. It's something nagging for the rest of the season, I'm expecting. So I'll just have to deal with it.”
The Titans, who have not played since Oct. 11 against Pittsburgh, are considering the possibility of resting McCarthy this week, which would give him 17 days between games.

“Sometimes a week off gets you over the hump on an injury like that. That's what our thinking would be if we went that way. We'll be smart. We need him in a big way, and 60 percent or not quite right every week isn't a good thing either,” Munchak said.

With other Titans injuries, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey practiced Friday and is questionable with a shoulder injury. Tackle Mike Otto practiced with his knee injury and is also questionable. Linebacker Patrick Bailey (hand) is probable, while quarterback Jake Locker (shoulder), running back Javon Ringer (knee) and cornerback Tommie Campbell (ankle) are out.

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