The injury bug took a big bite out of the Tennessee Titans late in Sunday's game, as neither of the Titans two top receiving options were available on the final ill-fated two-minute drive in the 24-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Receiver Nate Washington left the field after the first completion on the drive with a hip pointer, that he said caused his entire hip to go numb.
“I landed right on it, and my whole leg just went numb. I don't know what the diagnosis is,” Washington said just before heading to the trainers' room. “I ain't been injured in so long, it's hurting. It's my hip all the way. Nothing but my hip. No knee. I don't know what's wrong with it.”
Washington said he actually had suffered the injury in the first quarter, but continued to play with it until landing on the hip with 1:44 to play after a 4-yard gain.
“I got hit on my hip in the first quarter, and I was pushing through it the whole game and at the end of the game I landed on my hip in the same exact spot. My whole leg just went numb,” Washington.
Also, tight end Jared Cook was not on the field either on the drive because of a lower leg injury suffered on his costly fumble on the series before.
Lavelle Hawkins also suffered a dislocated finger in the second half, but taped the index finger on his right hand and returned to play.
“I taped it up and I had to back out on the field. It was numb,” Hawkins said. “I couldn't really squeeze the ball like I wanted to. But it's no excuse. I've just got to go out there and play. It's numb right now, that's all I know.”
Also quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had ice on his throwing hand after the game, likely related to the thumb injury he suffered against Houston two weeks ago.