Titans hope cornerback can return after bye week

Updated: October 15, 2003, 8:13 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A second opinion confirmed small fractures in the left elbow of Tennessee cornerback Samari Rolle, and coach Jeff Fisher hopes Rolle can return on Nov. 9, after their Titans' bye week.

Rolle hurt his elbow in the first quarter Oct. 5 at New England, and he visited orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., earlier this week for another opinion. The Titans had estimated Rolle would be out three to six weeks.

Fisher said Andrews confirmed what team doctors found.

"He has, basically, a couple little fractures on the radial head, which you expect. The soft tissue damage is settling down, the fractures are healing in place," Fisher said.

Rolle watched practice Wednesday without a brace or sling on his left elbow, and he stayed busy squeezing a ball.

Linebacker Peter Sirmon returned to practice for the first time since breaking two bones in his lower back in the game at New England.

"He's moving around better, a little rusty, as you can imagine having not been able to go full speed in practice for a couple weeks, but he's moving around better," Fisher said.

Tight end Frank Wycheck, who has been consulting with doctors in Pittsburgh, has been cleared to return to practice. Fisher said the Titans hope he can be cleared to practice in pads sometime next week. The tight end is recovering from the effects of his second concussion in less than a month, suffered in the season opener.

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