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Three Quick Hits from Friday's Practice

Posted Oct 6, 2017

TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers three quick hits from Friday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans just wrapped up practice on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Dolphins in Miami.

Three quick hits:

Cassel on call

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is Plan A for Sunday.

Back-up quarterback Matt Cassel is Plan B.

On Friday, the Titans listed Mariota as questionable against the Dolphins after he was limited in practice for the third day in a row because of a hamstring injury.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota is expected to be a “game-time decision.”

Mularkey said Cassel had a good week of practice and is ready to go, if needed.

“It always helps to be able to take more reps and execute the game plan,” Mularkey said of Cassel. “I thought he did well. I thought he actually got better and better each day of the week.”

Cassel joined the Titans prior to the 2016 season, and he started the final game of the year after Mariota suffered a fractured fibula in Week 16 at Jacksonville. The Titans beat the Texans that day, as Cassel completed 16-of-26 passes for 150 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. In relief of Mariota on Sunday, Cassel was just 4-of-10 for 21 yards against the Texans, with two interceptions.

During his career, Cassel has played in 104 games, with 80 starts while playing for the Patriots, Chiefs, Vikings, Bills, Cowboys and the Titans.

“He has a lot of starts, a lot of wins,” Mularkey said. “So we are confident in Matt. … Matt prepares every week like he’s a starter – players see that. Nothing new this week –players have a lot of respect for him and what he’s done.”

Corey Davis update

Titans receiver Corey Davis has been ruled out for the third straight game because of his hamstring injury.

Mularkey said he’s “on schedule.”

“When he’s healthy, he’ll come out here and do whatever we feel is going to put himself in a position not to hurt himself again,”  Mularkey said of Davis. “It is still a week to week thing. If he is healthy next week (he’ll practice). It’s a week to week thing.”

Injuries

In addition to Davis, safety Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring) has also been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Mularkey said Cyprien is behind Davis in his recovery.

Guard Quinton Spain (toe) practiced again on Friday and is expected to play. Cornerback Tye Smith (neck) practiced again is expected to be available.