News: Greene (hamstring) was limited at practice Thursday, the Tennessean reports.
Impact: More on his status Friday, but at this stage, Greene is hopeful with regard to his chances of returning to the Titans' lineup Sunday against the Texans, after missing the team's last two games.
News: Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that Locker (thumb) will serve as the Titans' No. 2 QB behind Zach Mettenbeger on Sunday against the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Impact: With Locker evidently healthy enough to suit up as the team's No. 2 quarterback this week, the move to Mettenbeger is thus being made in the hopes of sparking the 2-5 squad's offense. Per coach Ken Whisenhunt, Locker would have an opportunity to play if Mettenberger suffers an injury going forward, which implies that the QB switch is not viewed as a temporary one.
News: Coach Ken Whisenhunt has confirmed that Mettenbeger will start Sunday's game against the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Impact: Whisenhunt also confirmed Thursday that Mettenberger will be backed up by Jake Locker on Sunday. With the Titans 2-5 and Locker in the final year of his contract, the team will now look to see what they have in the strong-armed Mettenberger, who was selected in the sixth round of this past May's draft. A wait-and-see approach with Mettenberger is in order in most formats in his starting debut, but he'd presumably need to struggle mightily on Sunday in order to not retain the assignment once the Titans return to action from their Week 9 bye.
News: The Tennessee Titans will start Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries.
Impact: Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday and feels this is an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do. The Titans had stuck with Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011, since hiring Whisenhunt in January. But Locker has missed 17 of a possible 39 starts and finished only three games this season because of injuries.
News: A lawyer for Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan says he expects to reach a deal with prosecutors that would allow his client to avoid trial in a Michigan assault case. During a hearing Thursday in Ann Arbor, both sides asked a judge to cancel next week's trial. Defense attorney John Shea says the request was made "in anticipation of a resolution of the case to be placed on the record next Thursday."
Impact: Lewan is a former Michigan offensive tackle and the Titans' first-round draft pick in 2014. He's accused of punching an Ohio State fan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season. Lewan says he was breaking up a dispute and wasn't involved in a fight. He's charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery.