Cornerback Cortland Finnegan practiced on a limited basis in Wednesday’s practice and declared himself ready for Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Finnegan suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Jets and was out last week when the Tennessee Titans were pounded 37-17 by Jacksonville.
“I felt great today. I guess that week of preparation and rehab was great. I’m back to 100 percent and ready to help my team in anyway I can,” Finnegan said.
Asked if he could handle a full workload Sunday night against the likes of Peyton Manning coming off the hamstring injury, Finnegan smiled and said, “Yeah, baby. Put me in there.”
On the other side, the Titans other starting cornerback Nick Harper did not practice because of a rib injury sustained in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher did not rule out Harper perhaps practicing later in the week and maybe playing with a flak jacket if necessary.
“We’re just trying to get him hopefully back on the practice field at some point this week. There’s the potential [for protection]. We haven’t ruled him out. Hopefully, he’ll be able to play,” Fisher said.
Rookie Jason McCourty got a baptism last week in Finnegan’s spot, and said it was a learning experience. He is ready again, if need be.
“Last week, I learned a lot from being in the game, as far as real game experience,” the sixth-round pick from Rutgers said. “So this week I’m trying to just improve with each snap in practice, so that this Sunday, if my number is called, I’ll make a lot of improvements.”
In addition to the cornerback situation, a few other Titans sat out Wednesday’s practice, as defensive tackle Jason Jones and linebacker Colin Allred both were sidelined with shoulder injuries.
Linebacker Stanford Keglar, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, was back on a limited basis Wednesday, while linebacker Keith Bulluck was limited with a knee issue.
Receiver Nate Washington (concussion) was listed on the injury report, but practiced fully.
Safety Vincent Fuller is still out with a broken forearm, but did some conditioning work.
Fine and dandy
Defensive tackle Tony Brown admitted he had received a FedEx package from the NFL, over a couple of hits on Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard, but said he hadn’t even opened it yet to see how much the fine might be.
“I haven’t even opened it yet. I know I didn’t overly do anything. I didn’t hit him in the helmet or go for the knee or anything like that,” Brown said. “If it is one [fine] and they say I did it, then I guess they say I did it. But that ain’t gonna stop me from hitting the quarterback.”
Brown said he hit Garrard once under the chin right in the chest, but that it was not helmet-to-helmet and another he said he didn’t feel like he drove Garrard into the ground. Brown was not flagged on either hit.
Asked what he thought the package might contain, Brown said, “I know it probably ain’t a love letter, and it ain’t a check.”