NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Yesterday's heartbreaking loss to the Browns didn't come without a price, as several Titans left LP Field nursing injuries.
First and foremost, Whisenhunt described Jake Locker's injury as a bruised thumb on his throwing hand. He said there was a "good bit" of swelling, but didn't believe there to be any structural damage. Locker left the game in the second quarter after hitting his hand on the helmet of a Browns defender during his follow through. The hit drew a personal foul for roughing the passer.
Locker had previously missed last week's game against the Colts with a wrist injury on the same hand. Before leaving in the second quarter, Locker had already engineered a pair of touchdown drives and finished the game 8-of-11 passing for 79 yards, 34 rushing yards and two total touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 passing). Whisenhunt said he hopes to have more details on the Titans quarterback on Wednesday.
Whisenhunt also announced that safety Bernard Pollard ruptured his Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season. Pollard, who was injured on Cleveland's game-winning extra point, said via Twitter that he will be having surgery tomorrow.
"Still can't believe it, but God has a plan. Surgery tomorrow morning, pray for me! First time in my career I get to meet Mr. IR...lol. Peace out," read Pollard's tweet.
The Titans will sorely miss his leadership and tone-setting style of play.
"Bernard has been a good leader and a good player for us," said Whisenhunt. "That happens in this game. It's unfortunate, and we'll certainly hope that he stays involved with our team, which I think is an important piece of it. I know how disappointed he was last night, as we all are."
Through five weeks, Pollard has recorded 27 total tackles with one sack and one pass defensed. Pollard led the Titans in tackles in 2013 with 99 during his first season in Tennessee.
Two other injured players include tight end Craig Stevens, who left the game in the first quarter with a quad injury, and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, who injured his knee late in the second half. Whisenhunt said that there were no details at this point on either player and that he hopes to have more information on Wednesday.
Whisenhunt did have some good news when he told media that cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson is expected to be cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol as early as tomorrow. Wreh-Wilson was inactive against the Browns yesterday with the concussion he suffered against the Colts.
Tomorrow will be a much needed rehab day for many Titans before the team resumes practice on Wednesday.