It was apparently just an accident in the fray of practice, or was it?
Whatever the intent, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker’s shoulder got its first test in Thursday’s practice when the quarterback was knocked to the ground by teammate Kamerion Wimbley in team practice drill.
Locker, who has been out since suffering the second dislocation of his left shoulder week four in Houston, got up after landing on the shoulder and showed no sign of any problems, finishing the practice and being on schedule to start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
“I don’t know what you guys are talking about. We don’t hit our quarterbacks in practice,” Wimbley said with a smile. “We were just going hard, and he was OK. I went up and talked to him afterwards. It definitely wasn’t anything intentional or anything like that.
“I don’t think it was anything too hard. I just bumped into him. It wasn’t a tackle or anything like that. We just bumped into each other.”
Titans coach Mike Munchak sort of hinted that while the knockdown was an accident, perhaps having Locker jostled in the pocket was more by design.
“We told Wimbley to be smart, just to shove him once or twice and see if we can knock him to the ground unexpectedly. He got up, which was good,” Munchak said. “Like I said, he was in there. The defensive line does a great job, I think, of going around the pocket. He got bumped into there. It was good. We didn’t really want that, but we got that. So I think that’s good for his confidence too.
“That didn’t really bother him at all. I thought that was good. It was good and competitive. It was live around the pocket, which is what it’s going to be like on Sunday, other than they can tackle him. I thought that was good work for him to at least experience that.”
Linebacker Colin McCarthy was back practicing on his troublesome ankle Thursday, after sitting out Wednesday.
Those who sat out Thursday included tackle Byron Stingily (back), linebacker Xavier Adibi (knee), safety Al Afalava (ankle) and guard Steve Hutchinson (rest).
Newly signed defensive end Jarius Wynn will be part of the defensive line rotation after just a few days on the roster.
Wynn was signed Wednesday and Munchak is hopeful he can play a handful of snaps as a backup end Sunday in Miami.
“He’ll have to be in the rotation. You suit eight defensive linemen up. Wynn will be suited up. It’s going to be warm. Hopefully, again, we’ll be able to do a little better with the time of possession, where the defense won’t be out there like they have been,” Munchak said. “He’ll have to help us in the game. You’re hoping that he can give you that eight to 12 snaps, in that area. If you have just an average 60-play game, that’s something he can come in and help us in that eight to 12 range.”