In­jured thumb side­lines Ti­tans’ Cas­sell for rest of off­sea­son

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NASHVILLE, TENN. | Ten­nessee backup quar­ter­back Matt Cas­sel will have surgery to put a pin in his right thumb af­ter be­ing hurt dur­ing the Ti­tans’ off­sea­son pro­gram.

Cas­sel was hurt Tues­day dur­ing the Ti­tans’ closed or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­ity ses­sion.

Coach Mike Mu­larkey an­nounced the in­jury to Cas­sel’s throw­ing hand af­ter Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion. The coach said Cas­sel will prob­a­bly be out about six weeks but “should be ready to go for train­ing camp.”

The Ti­tans re-signed Cas­sel ear­lier this off­sea­son to a two-year deal, and the vet­eran was ex­pected to run the first-team of­fense while starter Mar­cus Mar­i­ota con­tin­ues re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken right leg hurt Dec. 24 in a loss at Jack­sonville.

Mu­larkey said the Ti­tans will not im­me­di­ately be look­ing to add a quar­ter­back. In­stead, they will rely on third-string quar­ter­back Alex Tan­ney, who has been in camp and on the prac­tice squad much of the past two sea­sons, and un­drafted rookie Tyler Fer­gu­son from Western Ken­tucky for the time be­ing.

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