Titans TE Delanie Walker still hopeful to return this season despite gruesome injury

Titans TE Delanie Walker still hopeful to return this season despite gruesome injury

Titans tight end Delanie Walker remains hopeful he’ll return this season after suffering a gruesome ankle injury against the Dolphins in Week 1.

“If I was giving up, I wouldn’t even be here getting rehab and treatment. I would just wait until next year,” Walker said Wednesday, per the Tennessean.

The 34-year-old tight end doesn’t have a firm timetable on his return after the Titans placed him on injured reserve immediately following his injury. He had surgery to repair a broken ankle and ligament damage and began walking with crutches a little over two weeks ago. 

Walker said he is starting to feel healthy again and mentioned the playoffs as a potential target date.

“In the back of my mind, if I can get healthy earlier where I can come back and play, I’m going to do that,” Walker said. “But like I told you guys, I really don’t know. I don’t know what the time length is going to be. I feel good right now. Could I feel better when the time comes when we’re in the playoffs? Yeah. We’ll see. But right now, I’m just worried about taking it day by day just to get healthy and be able to come back next year. But if I can play this year, I will.”

Walker explained elements of his surgery and said he had two titanium rods placed in his leg, though he’s still eager to get back on the field as soon as he can.

“I want to get out there as fast as I can,” Walker said. “I know everyone always says I heal fast. I’m not trying to let people down. Just trying to heal as fast (as) I can. But again, it’s just going to be if I feel good enough to go out there, if we make it to the playoffs or not, or whenever I can come back.

“I’m walking pretty fine. Still need some more flexibility in my foot. But from what the doctors tell me, it’s looking good and it’s great to see my walking. So if they feel good about it, I feel good about it.”