Cornerback Jason McCourty will most likely miss one or two games with the broken forearm he sustained in Sunday’s 29-10 victory over the New York Giants.
McCourty suffered the injury in the second quarter of the game and was replaced by rookie Alterraun Verner, who had a fumble recovery that snuffed out a Giants drive in the third quarter.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher indicated that McCourty could potentially need surgery like defensive backs Nick Harper and Vincent Fuller have had done in the past, but that tests are still on-going.
“There is potential to surgically correct, but at this point we don’t know,” Fisher said. “Now he could have came back in the game, he was prepared to—he was casted and could have come back into the game yesterday if need be in an emergency situation.”
With McCourty likely to miss time, the Titans are short-handed at the cornerback position with only Ryan Mouton available now as a backup. In emergency situations, the Titans could use nickelback Vincent Fuller or safety Michael Griffin at cornerback.
The bigger concern, according to Fisher, is what effect it could have on special teams. Verner’s role in that would like be reduced as he moves into the starting lineup, potentially opening a spot for a player like safety Nick Schommer to be active on game day.
“In the event that he has to sit a week, then we don’t have any problem with numbers,” Fisher said. “We’ve deactivated some healthy, good football players right now, so one of them could stand in and help. If that were the case one could step up and help us on special teams.”
Still, a roster move to add a cornerback is not completely out of the question. The Titans worked out ex-Baltimore Raven Frank Walker and former Atlanta Falcon Chevis Jackson a couple of weeks back.