NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans gave
Ayers handled the duties last week at St. Louis for the first time since the Titans-Jaguars ended the 2012 season with a 38-20 win by Tennessee last December.
“When we go to our nickel package, I’m running the “Mike” linebacker and
The Titans are pleased with the way McCarthy has played but were looking for a way to get Ayers more reps after using the bye week to self-scout their first seven games.
“After the bye week and self-scout, the coaches looked at that and wanted to get a little more back to that,” Ayers said. “Last week was really the first week of me playing Mike since the end of the season, so it was really me getting back comfortable with it. I feel a lot more comfortable with it.”
FOKOU HOPING TO PLAY COLTS GAME: Munchak said Fokou is hoping to return to action next week against the Colts, for whom he played last season. Fokou participated in individual drills Thursday but did not Friday.
The Titans have been cautious with Fokou, who stretched legaments in his left knee Oct. 13 at Seattle, because of the demands of the position and how the linebacker plays.
“He’s doing well, and there’s no doubt he’s circling the calendar with playing against Indianapolis,” Munchak said. “That’s been his goal since the beginning that that would probably be the most realistic return, best chance return I should say.”
Munchak said the Titans wanted to give Pitoitua a day of rest to get past soreness and that Stewart had a good workout Friday.
If Stewart is unable to play, the Titans will most likely call on
“I think he’s a smart player, that’s number one,” Munchak said of Otto. “Every time he’s played he goes in there and just fits right in. I mean, he has done good over the years with whoever’s next to him at guard. He’s good with Chance (Warmack). They’ve been working together all year because of (David) Stewart’s situation, so that’s a good communicator who communicates well. He’s very rarely going to make a mistake that way, so that’s the biggest plus. He doesn’t get rattled, and that’s the other plus. The other thing is he’s going to be solid in what he does.”
STACHE OF HELP: Titans guard
Middle linebacker Moise Fokou will miss his third straight game after stretching ligaments in his left knee Oct. 13 against Seattle. The Titans have been cautious with Fokou because of the demands of the position and how the linebacker plays has . The Titans hope to ease Fokou back into the lineup Thursday night against Indianapolis, even if limited. Colin McCarthy will start for Fokou.
Right Tackle David Stewart (shoulder) practiced for the first time this week Friday. Cornerback Tommie Campbell (shoulder) missed a third straight practice, and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (calf) did not practice. They are questionable.