Hue Jackson is hopeful that quarterback Cody Kessler will recover in time to start next Sunday’s game at Tennessee while veteran Josh McCown is a step closer to returning.
Kessler is still “day to day” according to Jackson who does expect him to practice this week in preparation for Sunday’s game at Tennessee.
Kessler sustained a chest/rib injury with 1:20 left in the first quarter when he got drilled by Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower while trying to throw a screen pass to running back Duke Johnson. The ball went backwards and Johnson tried to recover it before it went out of the far side of the end zone for a safety and a 16-7 New England lead.
Charlie Whitehurst replaced Kessler and sustained a hyper-extended left knee in the fourth quarter. His status this week is unknown although Jackson said he is also day to day bringing the injured quarterback total to 4 in 5 games.
“Sometimes things happen and each one of these injuries has been a little different,” Jackson said. “They haven’t all been the same but it is football and these things are gonna happen to players. We’ve just had our share of bad luck.”
Like he did after the game, Jackson took responsibility for the play call that ultimately got Kessler hurt.
“All on coach Jackson, moving on,” Jackson said.
McCown, who broke his collarbone in the first quarter of the Sept. 18 25-20 loss to Baltimore, has been cleared to practice this week. His availability for the Titans game has yet to be determined because he hasn’t practiced and hasn’t been cleared by doctors to play.
McCown thinks it would be reasonable to expect to play Sunday.
Cam Close – Center Cameron Erving, who sustained a bruised lung in that loss to the Ravens, is also scheduled to return to practice Wednesday with his availability Sunday unknown.
Jackson said that Erving will probably return as the starting center once he’s cleared to play.