Not only will the Titans offense be without one of their wide receivers in Kendall Wright for Week 1. They apparently don’t know when he will be able to return from injury.
Wright originally injured the hamstring over a month ago, but thought he would be back to full strength in time for opening day. On Wednesday, coach Mike Mularkey dispelled any notion of that happening, telling John Glennon for The Tennessean that not has he ruled out Wright for the Titans’ tilt with the Vikings, but the fifth-year wideout is out indefinitely.
“You think he has a chance and then there’s a setback,” Mularkey said. “I really have no timeframe on Kendall. I think that’s going to be up to Kendall.
“I know he’s working in here extremely hard. He wants to play. I know he does. It’s got to be killing him, especially opening day, but for some reason that thing is not coming around as it should.”
Fortunately for the Titans, they seem to have plenty of depth at the receiver position. The team signed veterans Rishard Matthews and Andre Johnson during the offseason, the latter of whom could be a valuable asset if there’s anything left in the tank, in addition to drafting Tajee Sharpe, who quickly ascended the depth chart to starter. Harry Douglas is also in the mix as a crafty slot receiver.
Yet when healthy, Wright has been very good coming out of the slot for the Titans. His 36 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last season helped provide a security blanket of sorts for quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is heading into his second season.
While not an explosive threat, and even with other options, Wright’s presence could be sorely missed for however long he is out. And the worst part might be not knowing that aspect of it.