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Three Quick Hits from Friday's Practice

Posted Nov 10, 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 Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium.

Three quick hits:

Cyprien happy to be back

Safety Johnathan Cyprien returned to action against the Ravens after missing six games with a hamstring injury.

Cyprien played 61 of 66 snaps, and said he felt good.

He’s had another good week of practice, and is ready to face the Bengals.

“It felt great to be back with my teammates, and get back to playing football,” Cyprien said.  “It was great to be back out there doing my thing.”

Coach Mike Mularkey said the communication between Cyprien and other members of the secondary was good. Cyprien said he stayed involved in the plan even in weeks when he was inactive, and that helped.

“I kind of picked up where I left off,” Cyprien said.

Next up: Quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver A.J. Green and the Bengals.

“We have another challenge this week,” Cyprien said. “They have some weapons, but they want to establish the run as all teams want to, too. So with their threats outside, it’s a pretty good combination. So we have to make sure we put some pressure on the quarterback and have tight coverage in the secondary and tackle well.”

Walker: Mariota is braver

Titans tight end Delanie Walker returned to the practice field on Friday after missing the previous two days, and if he follows the same plan as last week, he’ll be out there Sunday.

Walker (ankle) was limited in practice, and is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

After Walker led the team with 71 receiving yards on five catches a week ago, quarterback Marcus Mariota called Walker “brave” for playing through the injury.

Walker, who suffered a bone bruise on October 22 at Cleveland, said Mariota is braver.

“You remember his past (hamstring) injury, and he only missed one day and he came back out there and had the performance he had. So I would say he’s braver,” Walker said of Mariota. “Me? I am just out there to try to make sure I don’t leave my team out to dry.

“It means a lot to hear that from my starting quarterback, but I think he is the brave one.”

Injuries

Guard Quinton Spain (turf toe) did not practice again on Friday and he has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Brian Schwenke will start in his place.

Receiver Eric Decker (sick) returned to practice, and was a full participant.

Safety Brynden Trawick (neck) was limited in practice, and is questionable.

Linebacker Derrick Morgan (knee) practiced again and is expected to play.