Tennessee receiver David Givens had a pin removed from his left thumb Monday, and coach Jeff Fisher said he could play against Houston on Sunday.

Givens broke his thumb and tore a ligament against Dallas on Oct. 1 but finished the game.

“It will be a situation where he’ll have to go out and experiment,” Fisher said. “We’re going to have to protect it. If he’s able to catch and handle the ball, he’ll be probably a game-time decision but he’s certainly a lot closer now.”

The Titans could use Givens. Receiver Roydell Williams will be out for a while after breaking a finger himself against Washington on Oct. 15.

Ailing Redskins welcome bye week

Santana Moss has a strained left hamstring, not the only thing ailing the Redskins, who head into their bye week with a 2-5 record and a lengthy list of injuries to key players, including running back Clinton Portis and quarterback Mark Brunell.

Portis hobbled out of the team’s practice facility with a walking boot on his left foot to protect a sprained ankle. He and trainer Bubba Tyer called it a mild sprain. Portis said he expects to play in the team’s next game, against Dallas .

Cowboys on Nov. 5.

“Banged up,” Portis said, “but I’m all right.”

Brunell has a strained rib muscle and could miss practice Tuesday, Tyer said, but the quarterback should return after that.

Also, receiver Antwaan Randle El has a sore heel.

The team’s injury list also includes three starters on defense who missed Sunday’s 36-22 loss at the Indianapolis Colts, but who Tyer said should be ready to face to Dallas: cornerback Carlos Rogers (thumb), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (hip) and linebacker Lemar Marshall (ankle). Rogers had the cast removed from his broken thumb.


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