Top Draft Pick Wright Injures Shoulder Diving for Ball


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans' top draft pick Kendall Wright left practice early Thursday after hurting his shoulder diving for a ball. Tennessee coach Mike Munchak says he expects the No. 20th pick overall to be sore, though the Titans still planned to run tests on the receiver to be sure.

"His shoulder is sore from falling on it," Munchak said. "He went for a ball, trying to make a play. That is sort of in his DNA, to try and catch every ball. That is one he probably should've just let go. You don't want anyone to get hurt obviously, but from what we can tell it is not something that is going to be long-term. He'll be all right."

Jake Locker threw the pass and took blame for throwing a bad ball that went inside.

"Always hate to see a guy get injured trying to make a play he made a great effort at it and you just hope it's nothing too serious," Locker said.

Wright is the only Titans' draft pick still unsigned. The receiver from Baylor was not in the locker room after the team's final organized team activity.

"He's just talented," Locker said of Wright. "He's explosive. He's got a really good for the field. ... He's a football player. He's not just set in stone in what the book says. He's really good at interpreting the game, interpreting how you want to run a play what you want to get out of a play and finding ways to get himself open."

The Titans have their minicamp next week, but Wright may be held out just to make sure he's ready for training camp.

"I guarantee you he's done that probably five or six times since he's been here, and no problem," Munchak said of Wright's move to catch a ball. "So it's something he's probably going to do again. If he misses a little time over it, I'm sure he comes back. It's just something that, when the ball's in the air, he feels he can catch everything. So you try to get smart when you can, cut back on some of the balls that you have to let go, but he'll be all right."

NOTES: Receiver Kenny Britt, who's recovering from a second surgery to clean up his right knee after tearing his ACL and MCL last September, ran by himself and cut back and forth after practice. The Titans had thought he might do that next week, and Munchak said that's encouraging and hopefully will have Britt ready to help in July. ... WR Lavelle Hawkins did not practice with a sore ankle and may be limited in the minicamp. Rookie S Markelle Martin watched with a sore hamstring along with WR O.J. Murdock (Achilles tendon).

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