Harper undergoes surgery; Stevens out of hospital

Monday, October 12, 2009 at 4:48pm


Cornerback Nick Harper underwent surgery Monday afternoon to repair his broken right forearm, Coach Jeff Fisher said.

Harper’s injury apparently is similar to Vincent Fuller’s, and he will miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing the procedure, so it won't necessarily be season-ending.

“I believe it will be about the same as Vinnie, so it will be four to six weeks,” Fisher said. “We’ve got a bye week coming, and if Nick ends up being four weeks, he ends up playing the last eight games. We’ll be stretched a little bit thin for the next couple of weeks, which we have been, but our hope is we’ll get them both back.”

Also, tight end Craig Stevens, who suffered a concussion after colliding with teammate Michael Griffin on the opening kickoff, was discharged from the hospital Monday morning and will be out an undetermined amount of time with the injury.

“He was released from the hospital this morning. He’s home. He’s clearing up,” Fisher said. “He’ll be fine. As far as his expected return, I can’t comment because each and every concussion we endure is different. But he is clearing up. He’s got a mild headache this morning.”

Harper’s injury might force the Titans to add another cornerback to their roster to help bolster inexperienced players like Jason McCourty, Ryan Mouton and Cary Williams, who are among the last line of defense at the position.

Fisher was hopeful that cornerback Cortland Finnegan might make his way back from a hamstring injury.

The task doesn’t get any easier, as the Titans travel to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Fisher offered this assessment of the Titans’ plight in the secondary this way.

“If I’m outside in and I’m looking at our team right now and the status of the secondary, I open the game in a five wide receiver offense this week and say, ‘Let’s see you stop us.’ Obviously, we have a lot of work to do this week,” Fisher said.