McCarthy sits out 3rd practice, Titans may rest LB

Associated Press Modified: October 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy remains in a walking boot and will be evaluated Saturday to determine if he can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills on his sprained right ankle.

Though McCarthy is improving, coach Mike Munchak said Friday the Titans decided not to risk aggravating the linebacker's high ankle sprain so they held him out of practice.

"We just thought it was smarter not to irritate it at all and let him rest, kind of like what we did in the past with him," Munchak said.

"He feels better every day, but to come out here and get 10 snaps in individual, we really didn't think it was worth it to put him through that. Each day he's gotten better. We thought it would be better not to irritate it and evaluate him" Saturday.

The Titans (2-4) have to decide whether or not to rest McCarthy, who missed three games earlier this season after originally hurting his ankle in the season opener.

McCarthy said Monday this injury could linger all season long if he continues to play on it.

"I've never had a high ankle (before), so I don't know what to expect," McCarthy said. "It doesn't get healthy. It's something nagging for the rest of the season, I'm expecting. So I'll just have to deal with it."

Munchak said they could try resting McCarthy to give his ankle time to improve more.

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