Barring any unforeseen setbacks, wide receiver Nate Washington should be able to reclaim the starting for the Tennessee Titans for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.
Washington, who battled through a hamstring injury he suffered Aug. 24, played 26 plays against his former team in the Titans' 13-10 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I think the fact that he was able to play in the game as long as he did, which was our expectation, and the fact that he's had some rest, he'll be fine this week," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "And without setbacks, he'll play more plays. However, many I don't know. One would expect that he would play the number of plays a starter would play."
Starting receivers generally play about 50 to 60 plays a game, according to Fisher.
Washington, whom the Titans signed to a six-year, $27 million deal in the off-season, had one catch for eight yards in his limited time against Pittsburgh.
"It was touch and go, but I felt good," Washington said immediately after the game about his hamstring.
The Titans also were pleased with what they saw from rookie first-round pick Kenny Britt, who started in Washington's stead. Britt caught four passes for 85 yards in the game.
Another bonus for the Titans is that rookie tight end Jared Cook, who led the team in catches in the preseason, could be back from an ankle injury that kept him out of the opener.
"We saw more production out of Cook than Britt in the preseason, so one would think that if he's able to play that he also will be productive. Again, I'm pleased with Kenny's production," Fisher said.
Several other Titans players were dealing with injuries from the Pittsburgh game, but are improving, according to Fisher. The most serious of that group is tight end Bo Scaife, who did not finish the game because of a left knee injury.
Linebacker David Thornton was "banged up" with an undisclosed ailment and was unable to participate in the Titans' nickel package for most of Thursday night's game, giving way to Stephen Tulloch. Also, punter Craig Hentrich was dealing with an undisclosed issue during the Steelers game.
Fisher indicated that he is not concerned with the return game, as he likes what he has seen from the two rookies handling it in the preseason.
Veteran Cortland Finnegan, who handled the punt return role against Pittsburgh and had one muff that he recovered, will apparently give way to Ryan Mouton on punts. Fisher is comfortable with him there, and also said he likes the potential of Javon Ringer on kickoffs.
"We've got Ryan Mouton, who will be returning. He did a nice job for us in the preseason," the coach said. "And I saw some things out of Javon. At this point, I'm not concerned. It's just like the rest of the team, we just have to keep improving."