Safety Chris Hope will have surgery this week on his broken left forearm and will be out for about four to six weeks.
Coach Mike Munchak confirmed what TitanInsider had reported earlier via Twitter that Hope will need surgery to correct the problem.
In his stead, Jordan Babineaux rejoins the Titans starting lineup. He had started the previous two games with Hope having been bothered by a shoulder injury, and came off the bench to return an interception 97 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Browns after replacing Hope.
The Titans have dealt with this type of injury before, especially with defensive backs. Jason McCourty was out four weeks with a similar injury last year. Former Titans Vincent Fuller and Nick Harper also had that type of injury when they were in Tennessee.
“He's going to have his surgery this week. We've had other guys in that situation, so we're guessing four to six weeks,” Munchak said. “Every guy is different, but I'm sure it's going to be somewhere in that time frame.”
Babineaux has played well, and last year Alterraun Verner remained the starting lineup after McCourty returned last year, though McCourty is starting again now.
“Those decisions you wait on. Like most people say, you don't usually lose your job when you get hurt, so we're along those lines, and you weigh the situation when the time comes with what's going on. We'll determined that when Chris is healthy,” Munchak said.
On the other injury fronts, the news was better. Craig Stevens will be limited this week with a rib cartilage injury, but might have a chance to play Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Also, guard Leroy Harris could be limited this week as well, but has a chance to play against the Steelers as well.
Linebacker Gerald McRath, out last week with a knee injury, is improving. The Titans will monitor him to see if he can return to practice soon.