Running back Javon Ringer suffered a back injury and had to be carted off the field toward the end of practice Wednesday.
Ringer was running a scout team play and after breaking through the line crumpled to the ground in pain.
Trainers and team physician Dr. Burton Elrod tended to Ringer on the practice field halting the final period of the day momentarily before the rookie fifth-round pick was carted off for evaluation.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Ringer would be taken for evaluation and said initially that it appeared to be a hip or back injury.
“We’ll certainly go in and try and give him some relief. It could be a number of things and it’d be unfair for me to speculate right now, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear something,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s obviously in some pain.”
Finnegan still out
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan continues to miss time with a hamstring injury, as he did not practice again on Wednesday.
Finnegan, who has been out since suffering the injury against the New York Jets on Sept. 27, has not practiced since the Thursday before the Indianapolis Colts game on Oct. 11.
“He’s doing well. He’s further ahead than he’s been. I would say there’s a good chance he’s on the field tomorrow,” Fisher said.
Finnegan had said during the week before the Indianapolis game that he would play after practicing that Wednesday. However, he abruptly shut things down the following day and has not done much other than brief individual work since.
“He just wasn’t ready, and we didn’t want to risk it. He thought he was closer to playing than he really was. His want-to factor was off the chart, but his able-to factor was not,” Fisher said.
Back in action
Vincent Fuller was back practicing after suffering a broken forearm against the New York Jets. Fuller is not listed on the team’s injury report, meaning he has been cleared for contact and should be a full go.
Fuller is still expected to have to play with a cast to protect the injury.
As for Nick Harper, who was back running around on scout team with his broken forearm, the veteran said he could be back in two to three more weeks.
“If I get back in two weeks, they said it’d be a miracle,” Harper said.
Harper broke his forearm against the Colts on Oct. 11 and said he broke his in a different place than Fuller, and that his surgery required a more extensive operation.
Tackle Mike Otto did not practice and was walking with a noticeable limp and a wrap on his left knee on Wednesday.
Also, kick returner Mark Jones was limited with a hamstring injury. A hamstring injury cost Jones time in training camp and preseason earlier this year. The Titans released him in final cuts, but brought him back when they had problems fielding punts and kickoffs.
Veteran cornerback Rod Hood, signed as a street free agent just before the New England game, is getting a crash course in the defense and is getting up to speed quickly, according to Fisher.
“He’s got a good feel for what we’re doing. He has a really good feel for what we’re doing,” Fisher said.
Punter Craig Hentrich, already on injured reserve with a left calf injury, was on crutches after having surgery on his right knee to repair an old ACL injury.
According to Fisher, Hentrich had had the injury since high school, but if he decides not to retire, should be ready in time for next season.
As for a switch in punters from Reggie Hodges to Brett Kern, Fisher was pleased with the new addition, who was waived by Denver on Monday.
“For whatever reason, I don’t know what it was, but Denver decided to make a change,” Fisher said. “Our pro scouting department really felt like this was an opportunity that we shouldn’t pass up. We brought him in today. He had a really good day today.
“The questions that we had were really related to his holding ability, he can hold. We’re going to continue to work him this week. He has a very strong leg. A young punter, very productive and he had good numbers last year.”
Kern is averaging 46.1 yards per punt this season with a net of 34.5.
Hodges struggled with the Titans, averaging just 39.5 yards per punt with a net of 31.8.