The Tennessee Titans made improving their secondary a priority in free agency during the offseason. They added both cornerback Perrish Cox and safety Da'Norris Searcy to bolster the back end of a defense that was near the bottom of the NFL in most every category last season.
Just prior to the start of the preseason, McCourty suffered a groin injury that required minor surgery- if there is such a thing- to repair the damage. The injury cost McCourty and the Titans his services throughout the preseason and the first three games of the regular season.
After completing his rehab and conditioning, McCourty is finally ready to make his season debut on Sunday when the Titans host the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium in a noon CST kickoff.
The return of McCourty seemed to energize the Titans this week in practice, and especially his comrads in the secondary.
Thursday followng practice Cox spoke about the return to the starting lineup of his counterpart and what that return might mean to the defense.
"We're greatful for those guys (Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh) to be able to go in the staring lineup and get the snaps that they have," said Cox. "To bring him (McCourty) back, that's everything. Of course we always wanted to have all our DB's, especially with all the help we may needin the long run."
"Jason is a great corner, you know, hes a our starting cornerback. He is one of our leaders," continued Cox. "Just his presence is bigtime for all of us."
Likewise, Searcy was equally excited to have McCourty return to the unit.
"It's going to be pretty good. Jason is a veteran guy who has a lot of experience and is a real good talent, and with him back we've got all four starters so it will be great to see him back on the field," said Searcy.
While McCourty might not be in top football condition because of the time lost in training camp, the preseason and through three games, his presence will bolster the Titans in an area that struggled late in their fourth quarter collapse and loss to Inidanapolis two weeks ago. Anything he can bring to the field is a plus and it won't likely take him long to get into that football shape.