3:12pm: While quarterback Zach Mettenberger hopes to return to the field soon, one of his top targets will miss the rest of the season. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean (via Twitter), the Titans intend to place wide receiver Justin Hunter on injured reserve, with the transaction likely becoming official today.
Hunter, 23, was viewed as a potential breakout candidate entering the season, but struggled to put up big numbers in part due to the Titans’ revolving door at quarterback. Catching balls from Mettenberger, Jake Locker, and Charlie Whitehurst this season, Hunter recorded 28 receptions for 498 yards and three touchdowns. He left Sunday’s contest against the Texans due to a lacerated spleen, spending some time in a Houston hospital after the game. While he’s expected to make a full recovery, Hunter will see his sophomore season come to an early end.
Putting Hunter on IR will open up a roster spot for Tennessee, so we’ll have to see if the team decides to add a receiver or to bolster another spot. If the Titans were to promote a player from the practice squad, wideouts Derek Moye and Rico Richardson would be prime candidates.