Cornerback Jason McCourty could be back and active this week for the Tennessee Titans, after missing four games with broken forearm that required surgery.
McCourty suffered the injury moments after getting his first career interception against the New York Giants, but could be back with a role on the defense beginning Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
“I think there's a chance we'll work J-Mac back in this week a little bit more in a capacity other than special teams,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.
McCourty is eager for the opportunity to return this week.
“That's what I'm anticipating, and I'm preparing for it like it's going to be the week. So hopefully, Sunday, that will be the case,” McCourty said.
Rookie Alterraun Verner has stepped in to the lineup and played well enough in McCourty's absence to remain the starter with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries to his credit.
McCourty said he was hopeful of playing last week against Philadelphia after being cleared for contact. However, the Titans decided to hold him out one more week.
“Whenever you're not playing, you want to be out there helping your guys,” McCourty said. “I knew that I could have played, but I knew it wasn't guaranteed. So I went into the game knowing there was a chance I may play, and a chance I may not.”
McCourty said he will wear a protective brace over his right forearm to protect the injury. Nickelback Vincent Fuller had a similar injury last year, breaking his forearm, and still wears the protective brace even a year later.
McCourty has a little bit of inside information on this week's opponent, the Chargers since his twin brother Devin, who is with the New England Patriots, played against them on Sunday.
"I was able to get in touch with one of the Patriots cornerbacks and talk to him a little bit about the game and get some insight," Jason said with a little laugh. "...He just told me kind of the guys they've got, good receivers and he told me they like to get the ball down the field. That's just a little bit of intel.''