Cornerback Ryan Mouton suffered sprained left ankle injury in one-on-one drills Tuesday morning that required him to be carted off the field.
However, the injury does not appear to be as serious as first feared.
“We’re going to have to treat it aggressively. It’s significant, but some people respond quicker than others. It’s an ankle sprain, not necessarily high, but it is a significant ankle sprain,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “There was some fear that there may have been a fracture involved, but there wasn’t.”
Mouton was trying to defend a reception by rookie receiver Phillip Morris in the drill when he landed on top of Morris and injured the ankle.
He was down for several minutes while trainers, Dr. Burton Elrod and Fisher looked over him.
Mouton, who had a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown against Tampa Bay, had been making strides toward being the team’s top backup outside behind Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper and also a backup to Vincent Fuller at the nickel.
Fisher said Mouton’s preseason is not necessarily finished, despite the injury.
“I’m not ruling him out for the preseason. We’ll rest him for a few days, maybe a week, and we’ll get him back as quick as we can,” Fisher said.
With Fuller plagued by a groin problem that has limited him in practice in recent days and kept him out of last Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay, the next man in line at the nickelback spot could be Tanard Davis.
Davis ran first-team nickel at Tuesday night’s practice with Finnegan filling in the gaps as the second-team nickel in practice.
“I’ve been preparing. I’ve been working nickel since the OTAs and they told me today to basically get all the reps,” Davis said. “Most likely they’ll probably give me some more reps with the ones, and I’ve just got to show up.”
The news that Brett Favre had ended his retirement and signed with the Minnesota Vikings began filtering its way through the Titans locker room after Tuesday’s morning practice.
While many players showed viewpoints of, “Oh, no, not again,” at least one Titans player, veteran quarterback Kerry Collins, said he was not surprised and seemed excited.
“I’m not surprised. If the guy wants to do it, he should do it,” Collins said. “He’s 40 years old. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game, and if he still has the desire to play the game, he should do it. More power to him.”
Asked if he would play when turned 40, the 36-year-old Collins said, “I don’t know. It’s such a big part of your life for so many years, it’s going to be hard for me to let it go. It’s hard for everybody to let it go. I would like to sit here and think that when I decide that that’s it, that that would be it, but you never know what you’re going to do in that situation until you’re in it.”
New return man?
With Mouton out of action, rookie running back Javon Ringer got a chance return kickoffs in the night practice, and might get an opportunity to do in the game.
Ringer looked good cutting through the blocking, but had trouble catching one ball, using his hands instead of letting the ball come into his body like most kick returners do. Still, Fisher said Ringer might get to reutrn a kickoff against Dallas Friday night.
Back in action
Kenny Britt was back returning punts during one special teams portion of Tuesday morning’s practice, but now probably won’t return in a game just yet, according to Fisher.
Britt, who missed Monday’s work with an ankle injury, had trouble on two punts, catching one after it bounced out of his arms and muffing another one.
He was much more impressive in one-on-one drills, speeding way from Davis on a straight go route for an easy touchdown catch in the morning work.
Collins has already seen the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium as he visited there to see the George Strait concert that opened the venue in June.
“It’s an amazing stadium. It really is. It’s unlike any stadium I’ve ever been to,” Collins said. “The sheer size of it is really amazing. The drop-down scoreboard right in the middle of it is huge. It goes from 20-yard line to 20-yard line, it’s like 60 yards long and about six stories high. They say things are big in Texas, and this is big. It’s really kind of futuristic looking.”
Vince Young, after a few struggles in the morning practice, had a couple of dazzling plays in the night session. Young hit a deep pass to Jared Cook on his first throw in team drills, moments after rookie Dominique Edison had twisted his body around to make a nice grab in the end zone during seven-on-seven.
Several players were given the night portion of practice off, including defensive end Jevon Kearse, who appeared to hurt his knee momentarily in the morning work, but finished thee early practice.
Linebacker Josh Stamer and center Doug Datish also did not participate in the evening work.
Several players missed both practices, including Chris Davis (hamstring), Kevin Vickerson (groin), Stephen Tulloch (knee), Nick Schommer (hamstring), David Stewart (knee), Jason Jones (foot) and William Hayes (knee soreness).