TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans receiver Rishard Matthews is working his way back from a torn meniscus but could be in line to come off PUP as early as next week, sources told PaulKuharsky.com.

He’s not alone in his recovery from the knee procedure as Derrick Morgan suffered a similar injury against Tampa Bay on Aug. 18.

Morgan could have a chance at being ready for the season opener in Miami on Sept. 9 but it appears to be less likely he can return in that span. Another person with knowledge of the injury said it could be a four-to-five week recovery.

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Matthews’ surgery was performed in the first week of August, while Morgan's was recent. He played16 snaps on defense and one on special teams Saturday night against the Buccaneers at Nissan Stadium.

The starter opposite Morgan, Brian Orakpo, has been out since early in camp with a shoulder injury and timetable on him is not known.

If Morgan is out at the start of the season, the Titans will be more reliant on second-round pick Harold Landry. Aaron Wallace, Josh Carraway and Sharif Finch are competing for depth spots at outside linebacker and could be called into more action that would be expected if the entire group was healthy.

The Titans have been working with Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor as their starting pair of receivers while Mathews has been out. His return would give the team a needed veteran in the mix.

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Mike Vrabel and the Titans have been super tight-lipped about injuries and the Titans continue to have a long list of sidelined players. Jack Conklin, still recovering from a torn ACL, is on PUP with Matthews, who was dealing with a different issue in the spring.

Thursday’s practice, the last before a Friday trip to Pittsburgh for a preseason game Saturday afternoon, also did not include Delanie Walker, Rashaan Evans, Orakpo, Malcolm Butler, Kendrick Lewis, Michael Campanaro, Steven Terrell and Akrum Wadley.

Vrabel ran round and covered Matthews running routes before practice as quarterback coach Pat O’Hara threw passes. Matthews looked pretty comfortable.

“It’s good to see him working and kind of being excited about getting close to coming back and rejoining the team off PUP,” Vrabel said.

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