Titans' receiver waves off worries of injury after collision in practice

Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 9:42pm

Even in the spring, football is a contact sport.

Tennessee Titans’ wide receiver Nate Washington got up a grabbed at his left wrist after he bumped with defensive back Jason McCourty as the two went up for a pass during Thursday’s organized team activity (OTA). The workout took place on the artificial surface of the team’s indoor practice facility because of a storm that rolled in just prior to the start.

Washington consulted with a trainer, got back in for another rep and then came out and consulted with the trainer again. He finished the workout with a brace on the wrist.

“It was just a little scare,” Washington said. “It was just a little jammed, but it’s nothing major. I’ll be all right.

“That’s what happens with football. … I don’t know what happened. I (only) know I fell.”

Washington was second on the Titans in receptions (47) and receiving yards (569) in 2009, and his six touchdown receptions were the team-high.

“They got their legs tangled up,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Nate is a tough guy and he is fine.”

SMITH SIGNED: Quarterback Rusty Smith became the fifth member of the Titans’ 2010 draft class to be signed. His deal was announced following Thursday’s workout.

The 6-foot-5, 226-pounder was the first of two sixth-round selections (176th overall) made by Tennessee back in April,

Earlier this week the team announced it had signed fourth-round pick Alterraun Verner, sixth-round choice Myron Rolle and seventh-round picks Marc Mariani and David Howard.

Four picks have yet to come to terms.

THORNTON APPEARANCE: Linebacker David Thornton will be at the Wal-Mart at 3458 Dickerson Pike at 1 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of the book NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters.

The book features the stories of more than 70 current and former NFL players who have daughters.