NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Veteran cornerback Jason McCourty has missed the first three games of the season.
In his mind, he's not about to miss a fourth.
"I'll be back after the bye,'' McCourty said on Tuesday. "I'll be playing in the Buffalo game."
McCourty sat out the first three weeks following groin surgery in August. A seven-year veteran, McCourty started all 16 games from 2012-14, and he's started 72 of 90 career games since entering the league in 2009.
In recent weeks, McCourty has spent time rehabbing the injury. McCourty practiced with the team leading up to this past Sunday's game against the Colts, but was inactive.
"I think I will definitely (have some rust), but the time game time comes in won't matter,'' McCourty said. "Whatever reps I get in practice I'll continue to build and by the time that Buffalo game comes and I'm out there, I have to be ready to go. There will be no such thing as rust or injury or anything of that nature."
Guard Chance Warmack, who suffered a knee injury against the Browns and missed Sunday's game against the Colts, said he's making progress and is also hoping to play against the Bills as well
"I am aiming for Buffalo,'' Warmack said. "I just have to get in my brace and see how it feels. Based on how I am feeling right now, I feel like I am heading in the right direction of where I need to be."
Defensive lineman Sammie Hill (knee), meanwhile, said he hopes to practice next week, but he acknowledged he's going to need some time to get his technique and conditioning where they need to be.
Fullback Jalston Fowler said the knee he injured on the two-point conversion try against the Colts isn't as serious as he initially feared. He's also on the mend.
"There's no guarantee how practice is going to go, and no guarantee if I'll play (vs Buffalo),'' Hill said. "I just want to keep getting better and I'm trying to do my best to get back out there."