Quarterback Patrick Ramsey sat out practice for the second time in three days with sore ribs Thursday, but said he anticipates playing Saturday night against Cleveland, even if he has to wear a flak jacket to protect himself.
“I anticipate playing unless somebody tells me differently,” Ramsey said. “I can get through it like yesterday [Wednesday] and then today it’s sore. It’s a little worse after I throw. I’m getting there, getting all the mental reps and getting prepared to play and hopefully be effective.”
Ramsey, who was brought in to compete with Vince Young for the No. 2 quarterback position behind starter Kerry Collins, said the ribcage injury affects his velocity more than his throwing motion, however.
“It’s not so much my motion, as much as getting some power behind it. The motion feels OK, so that’s encouraging,” Ramsey said. “It’s my right side. Either way it’s probably not good, because you have to open up the rib cage when you throw.”
Titans coach Jeff Fisher indicated that Ramsey would play against the Browns this Saturday.
Ramsey, who completed just 3 of 10 passes for 52 yards against Dallas last week, suffered the injury when he was hit by a Cowboys defender on a play in which Ramsey was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.
Ramsey indicated that he doesn’t know whether he has any cracked or broken ribs, and that x-rays or an MRI has not been performed on the damaged area.
The Titans have said that Ramsey would get a chance at some point in preseason to play with the second team rather than the third team, just as they indicated that Young could get some work with the first team to better evaluate his progress.
Ramsey said he still isn’t exactly sure when his work with the No. 2s will happen.
“I honestly don’t know. I can’t answer that. When I’m called upon, I’m going to be ready to go,” he said.
After ruling out Jason Jones (foot), Ryan Mouton (ankle) and Nate Washington (ankle) on Wednesday, Fisher indicated that tackle David Stewart would miss his third straight preseason game with a knee injury.
On Wednesday, defensive end Jevon Kearse (hamstring) said it was unlikely he would play this week, though Fisher has not ruled him out. Likewise, cornerback Nick Harper has not been ruled out, but with his lack of practice time this week, his status appears unlikely as well, with an “upper body” issue.
Defensive end William Hayes (knee) practiced and will play against the Browns, while linebacker Josh Stamer (groin) missed another day.
Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks had a walking boot on his injured left ankle, but he has not been ruled out, according to Fisher.
“It got rolled into from the outside. I don’t know,” Marks said. “Right now, I’m getting the mental reps, but I won’t get the full understanding of how to do it until I get in and go through it myself.”
Mouton was out of his walking boot and into a brace on his injured ankle.
“I’m not going to say [being out of the boot] a big step, but it’s a small step. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks I’ll be ready to go,” Mouton said.
He indicated his goal is to be ready to go from the high ankle sprain by the regular season opener against Pittsburgh.
“That’s what I’ve been shooting for. We’ll just have to see how it goes,” he said.
Safety Tuff Harris left practice early when his right ankle was rolled up on in special teams work. Harris already had been cleated and had a shin contusion on his right leg prior to the ankle problem. He said he anticipates playing against Cleveland.