On the Titans without Wright for a while

August, 18, 2013
8/18/13
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans don’t have to press stop on Kendall Wright. Just pause.

It’s a relief that he only had a knee sprain in Cincinnati on Saturday night. But the receiver is out for he team’s next game against Atlanta and unlikely for the preseason finale in Minnesota.

The hope is obviously that he will be ready in 21 days for the season opener at Pittsburgh.

Wright has been really good in training camp. He lost about 15 pounds coming into the summer and is a shifty, dynamic guy in the passing game. He’s the team’s most distinct guy in the receiver room. They don’t have a lesser version of Wright on the roster.

Damian Williams, a quality fourth receiver, will be the guy who gets most of the time in the slot while Wright is out.

“It’s difficult, there is no doubt,” coach Mike Munchak said. “He’s excited about his second year, he’s excited about the offense, his relationship with Jake is getting stronger and stronger, the confidence they have in each other.

“He has a good feel for getting open almost every play, he has that kind of ability. I think it’s hard at first when all of a sudden he’s not going to play this week and probably not next week. Then hopefully we’ll have him back when the season starts.”

Depth at receiver is a strength we’ve been talking about for some time, and a short-term injury shouldn’t derail things here.

It’s a group that needs to start catching balls at a higher rate in games -- drops by Nate Washington and Kenny Britt hurt the Titans in their loss to the Bengals.

I sound the preseason alert as I say this, but it’s hard not to think it right now: Locker is supposed to be the one big question mark. He played well in Cincinnati and the first-team results were quite poor. That’s cause for concern, but at least it didn’t come with a torn ACL for Wright.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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