Cornerback Cortland Finnegan did not practice again Friday and will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Mass.
If Finnegan, who has not played since injuring his hamstring on Sept. 27 against the New York Jets, cannot go, the Titans could be forced to start a pair of rookie cornerbacks in Jason McCourty and Ryan Mouton. Second-year man Cary Williams also could figure into the mix.
Nick Harper is already out with a broken forearm suffered last week against the Indianapolis Colts.
There was some good news for the 0-5 Titans on Friday as starting free safety Michael Griffin practiced fully after missing time with a neck stinger earlier in the week. He also will be listed as questionable.
Defensive end Jevon Kearse, who suffered a foot injury in Thursday’s practice, remains in a walking boot and will be listed as questionable, though he did not sound positive about his chances of being able to play.
Kearse said teammate Troy Kropog landed on his foot in the very same spot where he once broke the fifth metatarsal bone that cost him most of the 2002 season.
“Kropog was blocking me. He just sat right on that same spot that I broke before,” Kearse said. “I thought that was it, but the x-rays said it was good, and it feels a lot better today.”
Guard Leroy Harris (concussion) did not practice and will be questionable. Tight end Craig Stevens (concussion) did not practice and is listed as doubtful.
Defensive tackle Jason Jones practice fully for the second time this week, and said he is ready to go, even though he will be listed as questionable.
“I’m definitely ready to go out there and play,” Jones said.
Linebackers Colin Allred (shoulder) and Stanford Keglar (hamstring) will both be questionable as well.
Fisher said Vincent Fuller, who is recovering from a broken forearm, would be listed as questionable. However, the nickelback has not yet been cleared for contact.
Defensive end Jacob Ford confirmed that he too had been fined $5,000 by the NFL for his roughing the passer penalty on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was also fined the same amount for hitting Manning low on the same drive just before halftime.
“I know it wasn’t vicious. It might have been late, I don’t know. They thought it was, and they fined me,” Ford said.
Kearse, who left the stadium as a healthy scratch before the Indianapolis Colts game last week, insisted that he is still happy as a Titan and did not have his agent Drew Rosenhaus in town to initiate any sort of exit strategy.
“C’mon man. I’m still here. If I wasn’t happy, I’d be gone right now,” Kearse said. “This [locker] would be cleaned out. I am happy. Ain’t nobody forcing me to stay here. Ain’t nobody got a gun to my head. I’m here because I want to be here.”