He doesn't have the full go-ahead just yet, but things look good for Moise Fokou to return to the Tennessee Titans lineup in some capacity.
Fokou stretched ligaments in his knee against Seattle and has missed four consecutive games while recovering. He returned to practice this week and looks to be able to help the Titans defense, even if it is in a part-time role either in the base package or some sort of sub-package.
“The whole game is probably not ideal but I’d definitely like to be in there as much as I can if I do get the green light,” Fokou said. “Somewhere between 20 to 25 reps to kind of ease back in before I get to full-speed again.”
Coach Mike Munchak echoed that notion that Fokou won't see full-time action on Sunday as he eases his way back into the Titans lineup.
“I think he looks good. There’s a good chance that he should be able to play this weekend. Not as many, not every snap like he had been when he was starting, but I think it definitely looks like he could be part of the equation this weekend and the game plan,” Munchak said. “I think what he did was he really took control of the defense. I think he really, for a guy that unexpectedly came in, was very confident. He’s doing what we’re doing, and that carried over to the players. I think they responded to the fact when there were adjustments needed, he made the calls immediately.
The Titans face the Oakland Raiders in a must-win situation if they want to keep their sagging playoff hopes alive. One of Fokou's main responsibilities when he
was the starter at middle linebacker.
“It goes with the job and it's something I've kind of been doing since I've been here,” Fokou said.
However, with Fokou likely back only part-time, that role likely will go to strong side linebacker Akeem Ayers..
“We’ve been working in practice, and Akeem seems to be the guy who is going to be the more constant linebacker on the field and if I am out there with him, I’ll just do my help in terms of communicating and making sure we’re on the same page and ready to go,” Fokou said.
As for other injured players, receiver Damian Williams did not practice and has been declared out of the game for Sunday.
Receiver Justin Hunter was a full participant Thursday as he comes back from a concussion.
Center Brian Schwenkie (ankle) practiced fully after being limited Wednesday.
Linebacker Zaviar Gooden (hamstring) was a full participant.