The preseason injury bug has apparently hit the Tennessee Titans in a big way, and it could impact them once Week 1 comes calling.
In some rather surprising news, Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky reported on Thursday that starting wide receiver Rishard Matthews and fellow starter, pass rusher Derrick Morgan, both underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in their knee and are questionable for the start of the regular season.
“Titans receiver Rishard Matthews is working his way back from a torn meniscus but could be in line to come off PUP as early as next week,” Kuharsky reported. “He is not alone in his recovery from the knee procedure as Derrick Morgan suffered a similar injury against Tampa Bay on Aug. 18.”
Matthews, 28, has started 21 games over the past two seasons. He’s put up 118 receptions for 1,740 yards and 13 touchdowns during that span. Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor have been working as the Titans’ starting receivers in his stead.
Meanwhile, Morgan has been a starter for the Titans over the past seven seasons. Last year alone, the former first-round pick recorded 7.5 sacks in 14 games (all starts). If he’s unable to go for Week 1, rookie Harold Landry will see a lot of action. This comes with fellow veteran Brian Orakpo out due to a shoulder injury.
Needless to say, Tennessee’s primary goal over the next two weeks is to remain healthy and get these players back in the mix. The team is coming off a surprising playoff appearance and needs all hands on deck in what promises to be a competitive AFC South this season.