Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy says his injured right ankle is a high ankle sprain and will probably bother him for the rest of the season.
Nonetheless, McCarthy, one of the Titans defensive captains, plans to play through the injury, even though he is not 100 percent.
McCarthy missed three games with the injury and has been limited in practice each week since returning two weeks ago. He expects the injury to be a season-long situation for him to deal with.
“That's what I've been hearing. I've never had a high ankle (before), so I don't know what to expect,” McCarthy said. “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.”
McCarthy said missed practice time makes it more difficult for him to learn and work on his reads for the opposing offense, which this Sunday is the Buffalo Bills.
“I want to be out there, taking reps in practice to make my reads a lot cleaner for the games. It's something I've got to deal with. I'm just trying to get out there and get ready so I can give it a go on Sunday,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said he doesn't know yet if the ankle will require surgery at season's end or if an off-season of rest will allow it to heal on its own. Just the same, he will battle through and finish the season if at all possible.
Titans coach Mike Munchak said the Titans will have to have a plan for McCarthy to get him ready, both from a practice and a medical standpoint.
“It’s going to be a weekly battle for him, one of those kind of injuries. I think it’s going to be something where every week,” Munchak said. “I don’t know if he’ll ever get a whole lot better, other than the fact that by the end of the week, he should be back to where he was the game before, when the game started on that Sunday. He played for the most part, that whole game. He’s sore, but he’ll practice on Wednesday, and we’ll figure out a routine for him that works to have him ready to play on Sunday.”