Kendall Wright will likely miss the preseason with a sprained right knee suffered in Saturday night's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wright is definitely out this week against the Atlanta Falcons and probably will miss the preseason finale against the Minnesota Vikings as well. The goal, of course, is to have him back by the regular-season opener in Pittsburgh on Sept. 8.
“He'll be day-to-day. We'll see how it goes from there. It's a sprained ligament, and that's something we'll just have to see how quickly he heals,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “It's hard when you know he's not gonna play this week and probably not next week. Hopefully, we'll have him back when the season starts.”
“Damian had some nice catches (vs. Bengals), just like he did in the first game. Luckily we have a handful of receivers like we do have, that someone can step up and play more with the first group.”
As for Hunter, Munchak said, “It's still gonna be (Kenny) Britt and Nate (Washington) and now Damian, but he'll move up … and you'll see him out there more.”
Linebacker Akeem Ayers suffered an ankle injury and likely will be out this week too.
“We figured out last night that it'll probably take at least a week to get through it. It's one of those deals to see how he heals and how sore it is today. But there's nothing that's concerning to where he's gonna be out any length of time,” Munchak said.
Ayers is expected to be back for the regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the meantime, Patrick Bailey is likely to step in in the base defense for the Titans, while Kamerion Wimbley will man the rush end spot in the nickel package.
Defensive end Ropati Pitoitua suffered a broken hand in the game against the Bengals and is having surgery on Monday.
“Ropati broke his hand. He's having surgery tomorrow. It's something he'll cast and play with, but it's going to limit him obviously,” Munchak said. “It's going to be frustrating to have that type of injury. That's something we didn't find out about until after the game.”
Pitoitua will likely be held out of this week's game against the Falcons, although Munchak said he possibly could play through if he had to.
As for who might start this week, Munchak indicated that the Falcons offense might call for more three-wide sets, leading the Titans to play the nickel package defense more.
In the base defense, Munchak indicated that one of the "younger guys" could start at end. While not naming anyone, rookie Levar Edwards might be one possibility.
There was some good news in that tight end Delanie Walker is expected to be activated off the PUP list this week and return to practicing.