Tennessee Titans wide receiver Racey McMath is expected to be placed on injured reserve with a hip injury on Wednesday, league sources said.
McMath apparently sustained the injury in the preseason finale against Arizona. The wide receiver had been expected to play a bigger role in the Titans offense this season and be the team’s primary deep threat and a possible kickoff returner. McMath, a second-year pro from LSU, has already been one of the team’s primary gunners on special teams.
By NFL rules, the Titans have to carry McMath on the active roster for one day before placing him on injured reserve, in order to bring him back from the list after a minimum of four weeks. Players who are placed on injured reserve before the initial 53-man roster is established are not eligible to return.’
After roster cuts were made, the Titans had just four other receivers in addition to McMath - Robert Woods, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Treylon Burks and Kyle Philips.
On Tuesday, Tennessee waived Mason Kinsey, Reggie Roberson, Cody Hollister and last year’s fourth-round pick Dez FItzpatrick. It is possible that the Titans will re-sign one of them to the active roster to fill McMath’s spot. Or the Titans could scour the waiver wire and sift through cuts made by other teams to replace McMath.
McMath was a sixth-round pick from LSU in 2021 and had had an increased role in training camp and preseason this year in the offense, earning praise from Mike Vrabel and the coaching staff.