The Tennessee Titans have plenty of bumps and bruises to deal with in the aftermath of Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
But the news is not as bad as perhaps first feared with after the Titans had two wide receivers and a tight end get hurt in the game.
Wide receiver Nate Washington complained that his hip went numb after making a catch for a four-yard gain on Tennessee's final drive. He went for an evaluation after the game, and the news was good in that the injury turned out to only be a bruise. He should be able to play Sunday when the Titans face the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.
“Nate has the hip bruise so it’s just a matter of soreness. It’s nothing that should keep him out, but it’s just a matter of the soreness and how he does Wednesday and Thursday with that,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
Likewise, the news was good on tight end Jared Cook, who suffered what was said to be a lower leg injury after the game. As it turns out, Cook has a bruise around the knee that is causing him pain. Cook did not return for the final series after fumbling the football on the Titans' next-to-last possession.
“Cook had more of a knee injury they are going to call it I guess.” Munchak said. “He got kind of bruised on the outside of his knee and he just got sore as the game went on, especially those last couple times we had the ball.”
Receiver Lavelle Hawkins could have the most serious of the injuries, in terms of being able to play his position. Hawkins suffered an injury to his right index finger that was termed an “open dislocation.” He had his finger stitched up and bandaged up, but still said the digit was numb after the game.
“Lavelle just has to deal with the hand. Unfortunately, when you catch a ball for a living that’s going to make it a little tougher for him but we expect him to play,” Munchak said.
Defensive end Dave Ball will have to continue to be monitored because of a concussion. Linebacker Colin McCarthy (hamstring) and defensive end William Hayes (back spasms) should be back playing this Sunday after practicing last week.