Report | Corey Davis expected to play Week 1

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis stretches during NFL football training camp Monday, July 31, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

After suffering a hamstring injury early in training camp, Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Corey Davis has not played in any of the team’s exhibition games. The Titans have been cautious in their handling of Davis’ recovery, and on Tuesday, it was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that the rookie wideout is expected to be ready for the team’s regular-season opener.

However, the more immediate question posed to Titans head coach Mike Mularkey on Monday was whether or not Davis would be able to play in the team’s preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

“There’s a chance,” Mularkey said. “It’s probably slimmer than most, but there is a chance. Much greater than it’s been for the last three weeks.”

Mularkey and the Titans are balancing the desire to get Davis some work at game speed with making sure that he’s completely healthy when the season begins. The team has not looked to rush their first-round pick back onto the field, and that approach is unlikely to change. Mularkey’s goal for Davis is for him to be able to take on an increased workload throughout the week, and having an extra practice could work in the first-year wide receiver’s favor with regard to being ready for the regular-season opener.

“I don’t think you’d see him play an entire game,” Mularkey said of Davis. “Again, he’ll have this week to get ready mentally and physically, hopefully get more reps every day. But then next week, we get an extra Monday practice which helps. He’ll get four good days of practice next week, I’m almost sure of that. I think Eric Decker will be the same. That will help to get the extra day in there.”

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