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Three Quick Hits from Friday's Practice

Posted Dec 30, 2016

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 Houston Texans.

Three quick hits after today’s practice:

Morgan’s goal

It’s been the most productive season in Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan’s seven-year career.

He’d like to end it with a bang on Sunday.

With nine sacks, Morgan is already sitting at a career high, which previously was 6.5 (in 2012 and 2014). With one sack, he’d reach double-digits, something he’s been reminded of by coaches and teammates.

Double-digits sacks would be special, Morgan admits.

“I am definitely trying to get it,’’ Morgan said. “I don’t want to focus on it too much. I just want to focus on my game and hopefully it will take care of itself. I have been stuck at nine the last few weeks but it will come, I have faith that it will. I just have to have faith in my game.”

It would also be historic.

With one sack, Morgan and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (10.5 sacks) would become the first pair of teammates in the “Titans era” to record double-digits sacks in the same season. The Texans have allowed 28 sacks this season, and quarterback Tom Savage took a number of hits against the Bengals. 

“That would be really unique, to have two guys with double-digits,’’ Morgan said. “But we’ve been playing well off of each other, helping each other, so that’s the goal. Based on (what we saw) the Cincinnati game, there should be some opportunities.”

“A very special team”

The Titans held their final practice of the season on 2016 on Friday, and coach Mike Mularkey delivered a message to end the day.

“I'm not going to share that one with you, but I can tell you it was a very good practice. It was probably one of our better Friday practices that we've had—lots of energy,’’ Mularkey said.

“It went by fast, it did. It went by. I'm not ready for it to be over, to be honest with you. I really have nothing to look forward to right now. Yeah, that's where I'm at. It went by too fast.

“Yeah, a very special team,’’ Mularkey continued. “A lot of good things to remember from this year. You know, this is my 31st or 32nd year in the league—can't remember right now—but I've got about a half a dozen years that I can pull out. This is one of them.

Injury report

Long snapper Beau Brinkley (illness) did not practice on Friday.

Cornerback Jason McCourty (chest) will be a game-time decision.

Cornerback D’Joun Smith (illness) returned to practice.

Cornerback LeShaun Sims (concussion) practiced for the third day in a row and is a go for Sunday’s game.