Morgan news could be big blow for Titans

August, 29, 2011
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If the Titans defense is going to make a big leap, Derrick Morgan probably needs to be a big part of it.

The second-year defensive end, who blew out his right knee in the fourth game of his rookie year, has not made the big comeback the team is hoping for.

Coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday that Morgan was visiting with Dr. James Andrews and that Morgan’s status for the season opener Sept. 11 in Jacksonville is in jeopardy.

“I think unfortunately with the ACL sometimes you hit this thing where you get some soreness in the first year and he hit the wall last week with his,” Coach Mike Munchak said Monday. “He had a good day, a bad day, a good day, and he just couldn’t get over the hump. So he traveled to see Dr. Andrews to see what is going on, how we can get that thing settled down.”

Morgan played in the first preseason game without incident and according to Terry McCormick had missed only one practice up until the Titans' second game, Sept. 20. He aggravated the knee in that game against the Rams and has been out since.

The team’s first round pick in 2010, he’s a big part of the plan to be bigger on the defensive line.

Size aside, he’s a player the team is expecting big things from. The Titans may not have a chance at those contributions early on. And that will dent the defense and test the depth right from the start.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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