Titans Notebook: Kendall Wright Hoping for Primetime Return


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans are hoping to get their top receiver back in the lineup for Thursday's midweek battle against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kendall Wright, who has missed the last two games with a broken hand, was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice and is listed as questionable to play on Thursday Night Football.

"He's working in practice," Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Tuesday. "The big thing as we've said all along is to see how the hand reacts. It's good to see him running around and doing some things and catching the ball. He did that a little bit today [Tuesday] and we'll see how he reacts to that tomorrow [Wednesday]."

Wright suffered the injury in practice leading up to the Titans' week 14 game against the Giants. He practiced on a limited basis last week before eventually being ruled out against the Jets. Wright said he's ready to be done watching games from the sidelines.

"It's way too tough," he said Tuesday. "I hate being in the training room and doing some of the things they have me doing while I can't be out there with my teammates. It's no fun. I'd much rather be out there practicing and going to war with my brothers.

"It's not fun being here, going through meetings, watching film and knowing you can't do anything. It's just a bad feeling. I just want to be out there catching passes and doing what I do best."

The third year receiver is second on the team with 51 receptions and 633 yards and leads the team in receiving touchdowns with five. That production would be a huge lift for a Titans offense that has failed to find the end zone in two straight games.

"Any time you have a player than can make the type of plays Kendall can, it's always good to get them back. There's no question about that," said Whisenhunt.

In Wright's absence, Nate Washington has been one of the beneficiaries of more targets. The 10-year pro took advantage of the opportunity in Week 15 against the Jets, catching a season-high six passes for 102 yards.

Washington said he's looking forward to the possibility of lining up across from Wright again on Thursday.

"Definitely. Getting Kendall back will put another playmaker on the field and give us another opportunity to win a ball game," he said.

Tuesday was the only day for media availability before Thursday night's game. Wright hasn't been practicing with a cast and won't play with one if he is active.

He said he felt pain for five to 10 seconds after recently catching passes in practice, but the pain would not keep him sidelined against Jacksonville.

"I felt pretty good catching the ball today, but I wouldn't go out there and put my teammates in a position they haven't been in," Wright said. "If I can't go I won't go. If I can, I'm going. My feeling is I want to play. If it feels like it felt today then I'll be a go."


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