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What Titans coach Jeff Fisher said in passing after Friday morning's practice may have offered a bit of insight about veteran linebacker David Thornton.
For the first time, Fisher acknowledged that there is a chance Thornton might not be ready to start the season against Oakland, even though a few days ago Thornton was confident he would go on Sept. 12.
“If Dave's not ready, it's going to be different, but Spoon [Will Witherspoon] is doing a great job, Tully [Stephen Tulloch] is having a great camp, and we have to play that spot,” Fisher said.
Thornton, on PUP all camp, is coming off shoulder surgery for a torn pectoral muscle and also has had hip issues dating back to last year.
The Titans currently have Colin Allred, Jamie Winborn and rookie Rennie Curran battling for the third linebacker spot with Gerald McRath’s four-game suspension looming.
TitanInsider: Any closer and you'd be in the huddle.
Sounds like he's a no-go for some time. Guessing this puts a wrench in their plans for Thornton going forward.
I think they hope he can make it back, but he has a $4.35M base salary that comes into play as well. If he's not ready to play, would the Titans let him go to save that money? Tough call, and a possible grievance if he's released while injured.
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