The shuffling in the Tennessee Titans secondary continues, but this time the news is better for the 0-6 team.
For certain, the Titans will get nickelback Vincent Fuller back on Sunday for certain, and there appears to be a chance that Cortland Finnegan will play as well.
Finnegan practiced for the second consecutive day in limited work and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. He has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against the New York Jets.
At the other cornerback spot, Nick Harper is also listed as questionable with a broken forearm, but said earlier in the week that he was likely still two to three weeks away from playing.
That leaves the Titans with recently signed veteran Rod Hood, rookies Jason McCourty and Ryan Mouton and second-year man Cary Williams as alternatives.
Hood, signed as a free agent two weeks ago, said he has been picking things up quickly.
“I think I’ve been doing pretty good in picking up their philosophy and how they want to do things here,” Hood said.
As for Fuller, he will play with a protective cast on his surgically repaired forearm.
“It’s basically nailed in, so the bone isn’t going anywhere,” Fuller said of any risk of reinjuring the forearm.
In preparation, he has been wearing the cast most of the week and has been banging it into things to prepare himself for contact.
“The trainers wanted me to get used to it by having the extra weight on my arm,” Fuller said. “I’ve been hitting trash cans and bags trying to get used to the contact, but nothing is going to simulate Maurice Jones-Drew or Marcedes Lewis or anything like that.”
Rookie Javon Ringer will be listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game after suffering a lower back injury in Wednesday’s practice.
Ringer admitted he was scared and the pain was excruciating when it happened, but said the pain has given way to stiffness in his back now.
“That’s definitely the worst pain I’ve felt. But I feel good now, and I’m able to get up and walk around. It was shocking,” Ringer said.
Ringer said he probably twisted something as he tried to accelerate after turning once he caught a pass.
“Right now, it’s just stiff. It doesn’t really hurt anymore, it’s just stiff. The doctors said it usually takes about three to five days and at max, two weeks. So I just thank God I don’t have to have surgery or anything. That’s what was scaring me,” Ringer said.
As for other injuries, receiver Nate Washington is probable and practiced fully Friday after missing Thursday with a quadriceps injury. Tackle Mike Otto is doubtful with a knee injury and did not practice all week.