Matt Cassel to Undergo Thumb Surgery

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Jets-NFLStoryHeaderTennessee Titans backup quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a thumb injury in Tuesday’s practice and will undergo surgery to have a pin placed in the thumb on his throwing hand.

“Matt injured his throwing thumb. He will need to have a pin put in it and probably will be out about six weeks. He should be ready to go for training camp,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said after Wednesday’s open practice.

Cassel was re-signed by the Titans after last season to be Marcus Mariota’s primary backup and was to operate the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills throughout the off-season work, while Mariota heals from a broken fibula sustained last Christmas Eve.

The Titans won’t immediately add another quarterback to the roster for the remainder of the off-season, leaving operation of the offense in team drills to third-stringer Alex Tanney and undrafted rookie Tyler Ferguson.

“I think we’re good (there),” Mularkey said.

The Titans had already adjusted their off-season work to include more 7-on-7 drills to allow Mariota to work with the first unit.

“Cassel is still around. He is still in meetings. He’s doing everything he can to be around the team,” Mariota said. “I think it gives other guys opportunities. It gives Tyler an opportunity to show what he can do. It gives Alex a little more reps in practice. It is what it is. It happens. It is unfortunate because Cassel was doing a great job. But it gives some opportunities for these younger guys.”

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