The medical evaluation on Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger is good.

The right shoulder sprain the rookie suffered in Sunday's loss to the Texans isn't serious, and there is optimism he will play this week against the Giants.

"A lot of it is going to be determined on how much he can throw and how it bothers him," coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. "There is obviously going to be some soreness with it and that's a big part of it."

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt landed on top of Mettenberger while trying to sack him, spraining the shoulder in the process.

Evaluating Mettenberger as a potential franchise quarterback has been more painful than the Titans hoped it would be as well, considering they have been unable to stay competitive in many games. Also hampering the process: a banged-up offensive line has had difficulty protecting him lately.

The Titans have lost by at least two touchdowns in four of Mettenberger's five starts, the only exception was a close loss to the Steelers on Nov. 17. The Titans have been outscored 166-92 in the five games. They trailed 17-0 early in back-to-back losses to the Eagles and Texans.