Rib injury could cut short Kendall Wright's rookie season

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:51pm

Without a doubt, Kendall Wright caught on quickly.

The bad news for the Tennessee Titans is that their 2012 first-round draft choice might have caught his final pass for the season. A rib injury sustained in Monday’s 14-10 victory over the New York Jets has created uncertainty about his availability for either of the two remaining contests.

“Those are pretty painful, obviously,” coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday. “We need to see how much of that he can handle. It’s hard to play that position and catch a ball, knowing you’re going to get hit.

“It’s something we’ll look at [Tuesday] and [Wednesday] and find out where he’s at.”

Quarterbacks Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck have had little trouble finding the 20th overall pick this season. He is the Titans’ leading receiver with 62 receptions, tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches and is second with 586 receiving yards.

He leads all rookies in receptions and is tied for fifth among all players with 21 third-down receptions.

He was injured in the fourth quarter against the Jets when two defenders hit him as he jumped to try and catch a pass from Locker deep down the middle of the field.

“On the one to Kendall, it happened too fast,” Locker said. “I think he outran my arm a bit on that one.”

After he received treatment from the trainers on the sideline, Wright tried to return to the contest but stopped as he ran on the field and promptly returned to the sideline. He finished the night with three catches for 31 yards.

“He felt the pain and turned around came back out,” Munchak said. “I think he realized that he reached a point there that he couldn’t go back in.”

It remains to be seen whether he can get back in at all before next season.