Rennie Curran was the Tennessee Titans’ third choice in the 2010 draft, and on Monday he became the third member of the rookie class to miss practice time due to injury this preseason.
Curran, the third-round pick out of Georgia, sat out with a hamstring injury but was not ruled out of Thursday’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints.
Tennessee’s top two selections, defensive end Derrick Morgan (first round) and wide receiver Damian Williams (third round) also have battled injuries.
Unlike those other two, though, Curran has played in all three preseason games. He has made six tackles on defense and another one on offense.
Williams has come back and caught six passes (tied for the team lead) in the last two games. Morgan made his preseason debut Saturday at Carolina and was credited with one tackle.
• Getting healthy: While Curran sat out, a number of others were back on the practice field, including cornerback Cortland Finnegan (groin), wide receivers Justin Gage (thumb) and Nate Washington (wrist), and offensive linemen Michael Roos (knee) and Eugene Amano (elbow).
Defensive tackle Tony Brown and linebacker David Thornton are the only two still on the physically unable to perform list.
“We’re getting people back—they’re healing up to be able to play, they haven’t played yet this preseason,” Fisher said. “Overall I think everybody has a chance to participate in a preseason game that we basically came to camp with, so then of course everybody has a chance to be healthy for the regular season.”
• Cuts coming: Tuesday is the first of the NFL’s two mandatory roster reduction dates.
Teams must cut to 75 players. The Titans currently have 80 on the active roster.
“It makes no sense in dwelling on it, you just have to go out, relax and play,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Their reaction to the final cut down is part of the evaluation process.”
Teams have to be at the final 53-man limit on Saturday afternoon, two days after the preseason finale against New Orleans.
“It’s an important game,” Fisher said. “We have some tough decisions ahead, we’ve got some younger players that can make or break their opportunities this week on special teams.”
• The Titans are 12th in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.7 yards) and 17th in punt return average (7.8 yards), which is reason for optimism given that they finished 29h and 25th in those two areas, respectively, during the 2009 regular season.
Rookies Damian Williams and Marc Mariani have done all the returns except for one.
“At this point, they both can do it,” Fisher said.
• Carolina, the Titans’ most recent preseason opponent, is the only team that has allowed an average of fewer than 200 yards per game (184.7) during the preseason. New Orleans, their next opponent, is the only team that has gained an average of more than 400 yards per game (422.0) during the preseason.
• Tennessee is one of four teams that has not allowed a rushing touchdown this preseason. The others are Baltimore, San Diego and St. Louis.