Kendall Wright landed wrong.
The Tennessee Titans first-round pick in this year’s draft walked off the practice field accompanied by a trainer with roughly 30 minutes remaining in Thursday’s organized team activity (OTA) at the team’s training facility. The wide receiver hurt his shoulder when he dove to catch a pass from last year’s top pick, quarterback Jake Locker.
A short time later Wright walked out of the locker room and shrugged off — figuratively speaking, of course — any notion that there was a problem.
“I just fell on it wrong,” he said. “I wanted to [return to practice].”
Wright did not have ice on the shoulder and his arm was not in a sling. He did add, however, that the team’s medical staff planned to examine him again, and more thoroughly, on Friday.
“We’ll just check him out, an X-ray and an MRI just to see what’s going on there,” coach Mike Munchak said. “We’ll know more [Friday]. … You don’t want anyone to get hurt, obviously, but from what we can tell it’s not something that’s going to be long-term.”
The Titans started the workout, the final OTA of the offseason, without another wide receiver, Lavelle Hawkins, who watched because of soreness in an ankle. Kenny Britt also remained on the mend from knee surgery.
The team concludes offseason training next week with a three-day minicamp, which allows a level of participation that differs somewhat from the OTAs.
“It’s just something that when the ball is in the air [Wright] feels he can catch everything,” Munchak said. “He went for a ball and tried to make a play. It’s kind of in his DNA to try and catch every ball. [That] probably was one that he probably should have let go and he fell on his shoulder … and he’s sore.”
Wright, Baylor’s all-time leader in catches and yards receiving, was the third wide receiver overall selected in April. Coaches said he has been quick to learn and they have increased his responsibilities throughout this month.
He was hurt when Locker’s delivery of a deep ball was a little off the mark.
“Bad throw on my part,” Locker said. “You always hate to see a guy get injured trying to make a play. … He’s a tough guy. He’ll do everything he can to get back on the field.”
Once he does, the expectation is that he’ll be down on the ground again before too long.
“I guarantee you he’s done that probably five or six times since he’s been here and no problems,” Munchak said. “So it’s something he’s probably going to do again.
“It’s football. Things happen. … That could have happened and no one would have thought anything if he got up and ran back to the huddle. It wouldn’t have crossed anyone’s mind that he did something he shouldn’t have done. When somebody gets hurt you start thinking, ‘What happened?’ ”