The injury news was not all bad for the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.
Quarterback Jake Locker will not play Sunday at Minnesota (3:25 p.m., CBS) but middle linebacker Colin McCarthy, who has played less than one full contest this season, is expected to.
“He’s the guy at practice that makes a lot of plays,” coach Mike Munchak said. “Since OTA’s all the way through training camp, preseason games he made plays. He’s the main guy.
“We lost him in the first game, which was hard to take. It definitely affected our team. You wish it didn’t, but it does when you miss your top players. Hopefully he can bring that back right away.”
McCarthy sustained an ankle injury during the second quarter of the opener against New England. He returned for a couple plays at the start of the second half of that contest but could not finish and has not played since.
He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
“He did just about everything,” Munchak said. “He was in every period, the individual, all the team periods, so we’ll see. I know he’s looking forward to playing, and we’ll just have to see if he has any setbacks over the next couple of days. … If he doesn’t have any setbacks, we assume he’ll be playing quite a bit on Sunday.”
• Other injuries: Tight end Jared Cook (shoulder) practiced but was limited. Locker, wide receiver Kenny Britt (ankle), defensive end Scott Solomon (hamstring) and linebacker Patrick Bailey (hand) did not practice. Guard Leroy Harris was held out but not for injury reasons.
“[Britt is] taking the next step as far as being on the field, running again,” Munchak said. “… There’s no doubt he’s going to have to improve the next couple of days so he can help us on Sunday. At least he’s heading in the right direction.”
• Locker’s pain: The quarterback made it clear that not all shoulder separations are created equal.
The one that he sustained Sunday left him in greater pain the one he sustained in the opener.
“It’s different,” he said. “I’m not as comfortable as I was the first time, that’s for sure. I’m frustrated, obviously. You never want to have to stand and watch but it’s a necessary evil, I guess.”