Jake Locker wasn't the only Tennessee Titans player to get back in action on the practice field.
Running back Shonn Greene returned to the practice field on Wednesday after having his right knee scoped after week two.
Greene initially limped off the field in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and after he did not improve the following week, had his knee scoped after the Titans' week two loss in Houston.
“When the injury fist happened, I thought I was going to be able to run it off, but that wasn't the case,” Greene recalled. “But it's one of those things where I try to go through the right procedures, and I'll see where I”m at tomorrow and Friday and we'll go from there.”
A Titans running game that has been sluggish over the past three weeks could use a boost from Greene's possible return this week against the San Francisco 49ers.
“Shonn Greene’s going to get as many reps as he can during the week. We’re going to find out where he’s at and how much he can or can’t play,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
Munchak emphasized that the Titans wouldn't take any risks with Greene or Locker, but he is hopeful in Greene's case that a couple of more days of work could show that he is ready to return.
“I think Shonn has a chance. He’ll do more tomorrow, and we’re going to think positively,” Munchak said. “I would hope that he’s up and ready. How much he can do is another thing. It’s just a matter of if we feel things go well the next couple days, then we feel like he’d have a great chance to contribute on Sunday.”
McCarthy to start
With Moise Fokou on the shelf due to a knee injury that Munchak described as “week to week,” it opens the door for former starter Colin McCarthy to reclaim the starting middle linebacker job he lost in training camp due in part to an injured hamstring.
“This is his moment again,” Munchak said of McCarthy, who was a team captain last year in his second season. “He's done a great job on special teams and accepted his role and made a lot of tackles there. He's waited his turn and we need him to step up and play well.”
According to Munchak, one of the things that Fokou was successful at was quickly making the calls at middle linebacker and getting the defense set, which has helped the Titans defense react quickly and be in the right spots.
He said that challenge is now on McCarthy to make the calls in a timely manner and keep the defense moving in the right direction.
“I got throw into the action a little bit last week at the will and the mike. I struggled a little bit. I'll admit that,” McCarthy said. “But I'm excited to get back out there with the guys.”
McCarthy said he views this as an opportunity to re-establish himself as a starter with Fokou out.
“It's an opportunity or me and want to make the most of it. I want to play within the defense and just do my job and make plays,” he said.
In addition to Fokou, other Titans who did not practice on Wednesday included linebacker Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), safety Bernard Pollard (ankle), tackle David Stewart (ankle) and defensive end Derrick Morgan (shoulder).
Linebacker Patrick Bailey (hamstring) was limited, along with Greene and Locker.
Full participants included running back Jackie Battle (neck), defensive end Lavar Edwards (shoulder), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (ankle), center Robert Turner (shoulder) and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring).
Offensive line change
TitanInsider has confirmed a report that rookie Brian Schwenkie is likely to make his first NFL start at center this week for the Titans.
The fourth-round pick was supposed to have been in competition for the starting spot in training camp, but a hamstring injury cost him most of camp and the preseason. He has been inactive for all six games thus far this year, but now apparently will step in for Rob Turner, as the Titans seek to jump-start an offensive line that has sagged in its play in recent weeks.