Hunter (ankle) will be placed on the Titans' injured reserve list Monday, The Tennessean reports. Hunter fractured his right ankle during Sunday's loss to the Panthers, requiring him to have season-ending surgery Monday. In nine games played this season, the third-year wideout managed 22 catches (on 31 targets) for 264 yards and one touchdown. With Hunter out, rookie Dorial Green-Beckham could be more prominently featured in the Titans' offense going forward.
Hunter has a fractured right ankle, ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports. Hunter will likely miss the rest of the season, finishing with 22 catches for 264 yards and a touchdown on 31 targets in nine games. His absence could help Dorial Green-Beckham earn a more prominent role, even though the rookie had zero catches on just two targets in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Hunter, the 34th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has just 68 receptions for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns through the first 35 games of his career, heading into the final year of his rookie contract.
When assessing the injury status of Hunter -- who was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Panthers with a right ankle/foot issue, interim coach Mike Mularkey said afterward, "not good" Based on that comment, it sounds like the wideout is probably going to miss some time, beginning with this coming Thursday's contest against the Jaguars.
Hunter hauled in 3-of-4 targets for 17 yards and a touchdown Sunday in New Orleans. Hunter played on 40 of 71 offensive snaps, and parlayed the solid playing time into his first score of the season. The talented 24-year-old has had a disappointing campaign thus far, but it's not too late for him to turn it around.
Hunter is slated to start in place of Kendall Wright on Sunday against the Saints. In Wright's absence, Harry Douglas, Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham are in line head the Titans' Week 9 wideout corps, though any member of the trio represent speculative fantasy plays this week. To date, Hunter has caught 15 passes for 200 yards and no TDs in seven contests.
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