Kendall Wright Injury: Updates on Titans WR's Concussion, Likely Return Date
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright did not practice on Wednesday due to concussion symptoms, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
Zach Brown missed with illness. Kendall Wright has concussion symptoms and didn't practice #Titans— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 18, 2013
He is active for Week 3.
Wright was hit hard by Houston Texans safety Kareem Jackson during the Titans' Week 2 overtime loss in Reliant Stadium to the AFC South division rivals.
As John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports, Jackson was fined $42,000 for the hit and is appealing:
Kareem Jackson fined $42 grand for hit on Kendall Wright. He's appealing.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 18, 2013
That is presumably the source of the injury for the 23-year-old Wright, who was the No. 20 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft. His status for Sunday's home opener against the San Diego Chargers is now up in the air.
Even with other past established playmakers such as Kenny Britt and Nate Washington in the team's receiving corps, Wright led Tennessee with seven receptions for 54 yards and a first-quarter touchdown grab in Houston.
Considering last year's Titans team was largely dysfunctional and finished 6-10, it was a rather respectable rookie season for Wright, who caught 64 passes for 626 yards and four touchdowns.
Losing Wright for any extended period of time would be a big blow to young signal-caller Jake Locker. He is attempting to justify his status as the franchise quarterback, and his trust in Wright this past week was a good sign that the tandem could help drive the offense forward in the future.
However, Wright's ability to get open underneath and his capability to be a deep threat will be difficult to replace. Locker has a strong arm, but his 5.46 yards per attempt through two games this season shows he's not taking many shots downfield, opting to take what defenses give him instead.
That isn't exactly a winning formula for the 1-1 Titans, who haven't seen star running back Chris Johnson get going in the rushing game, either.
Johnson is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry thus far, making Wright's presence as a complementing, reliable receiving weapon all the more critical to the team's 2013 success.
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