Molden missed the Titans’ first eight games of 2022 with a groin injury that he has been struggling with since 2021. After a long road to recovery and returning to action on Sunday afternoon, Molden left the game in the second half with what was listed as another groin injury.
At first, it was easy to assume the worst. Molden had been held back from playing the week prior because of “setbacks” during the practice week. All signs seemed to indicate this was another setback in an injury that would continue to plague him throughout this season.
Luckily, Molden seems to be doing okay.
Molden told Buck Reising on Tuesday that his groin injury was more of a scare than anything, and him coming out of the game was simply a precaution. He seemed to be in good spirits about where he was at heading into Thursday Night Football in Green Bay.
Elijah Molden says his groin injury on Sunday was more of a scare than full-on reoccurrence pic.twitter.com/su72JNYuCw— Buck Reising (@BuckReising) November 15, 2022
“It was more of a scare than anything,” Molden said. “I felt a pop, and then I woke up the next day and actually felt pretty good. It actually freed up some space for me. Kind of bizarre but I think it’s part of the process of getting back.”
Molden’s return to game-action is a process that will require more than just good health. The 2021 third-round draft pick needs more practice time under his belt before he can fully play up to his potential.
“It took a while to kind of get in a rhythm,” Molden said of his performance on Sunday. “I still need a lot of work, I think I was rusty, but definitely something to build on. The more reps I get, the better I will be.”
Molden was upgraded to a full participant in the Titans’ injury report on Tuesday, with all signs pointing towards getting another in-game opportunity Thursday night against the Packers.
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