@Tennessee Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey addressed the media today in his weekly Monday press conference to discuss Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Panthers along with the short week and the team's Thursday night game in Jacksonville.
Included in those topics wer the injury statuses of two key players, wide receiver Justin Hunter, who suffered a severe lower leg injury on Sunday and cornerback Jason McCourty who missed Sunday with a reoccuring groin injury.
"Justin is having surgery as we speak and he will go on IR today,'' Mularkey said of Hunter, who was injured in the final minutes of the team's 27-10 loss to the Panthers. "We are looking at some options."
The Titans will also have another roster spot to work with as the team will also place McCourty on I-R. He will undergo a second surgery on the groin injury that's limited him to four games this season.
"We have to figure out who is healthy,'' Mularkey said. "J-Mac, we are going to put him on IR with Justin.
"He's a good player, so that's a loss,' Mularkey said. "His presence on the field, his presence in the locker room, in the meetings. I'm going to try and keep him involved with all of that because I think it is important that he is around those guys. They have a lot of respect for him, as the coaching staff does. It's a loss for sure."
One option for the Titans is to promote wide receiver Tre McBride from the practice squad to replace Hunter. McBride was a seventh round selection fo the Titans but was released at the end of training camp and resigned to the practice squad where he has worked all season.
Former Titan receiver Hakeem Nicks has remained in the Nashville area and his agent has advised the Titans that he is available and willing to return to the team.
As for a replacement for McCourty, those options might be a little more complicated as there are no available options at cornerback currently on the roster. Only Josh Aubrey, a safety remains as an option in the secondary, or the team could look for a free-agent addition to fill that spot.