NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Here’s a look at three quick hits from Friday:
Solid Week for Simmons
Titans first-round pick Jeffery Simmons practiced for the third straight day on Friday and is hopeful about his chances of playing for the first time on Sunday.
“It went great,” Simmons said of the week. “A lot of stuff is a little rusty right now, but as the week went on my technique got better. I feel great, and (my knee) didn’t have much swelling. With my knee, I knew I had an injury, but I am not going out there being timid. I just went out there full force and it felt great. It felt great today.
“I am just trusting coach (Mike) Vrabel and the process right now, trusting their plan with me. If they decide to play me this weekend, we’ll go from there. But right now, I don’t know yet. I saw somewhere he said they’ll make a decision by tomorrow so whenever they let me know, we’ll go from there.”
Simmons, the 19th overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, practiced for the first time on Wednesday, and he was out on the practice field again on Thursday and Friday, too.
Vrabel said Simmons had a good week, which included getting some team reps.
“We’ll make a decision going forward and see where he’s at for Sunday,” Vrabel said. “We’ll see where he’s at when he comes in tomorrow and go from there.”
Simmons, who suffered a torn ACL during a workout in February, spent the first six weeks of the season rehabbing the injury. It's dominated his life as a Titan since being drafted.
Simmons began the season on the team’s Non-Football Injury list. NFI rules allow players to begin practicing with the team after Week 6. When the Titans feel Simmons is ready, they’ll need to move him to the 53-man roster while making a corresponding move.
There’s a chance that could happen either today or tomorrow, which would allow him to play as early as this Sunday. There's also the possibility the team could wait a little longer to give Simmons more time.
“It’s been lovely, being on the field with my teammates,” Simmons said. “Coming in, our defense is doing great right now, so I am looking forward to doing whatever they have me doing.”
Linebacker Jayon Brown was limited in practice on Friday and he’s listed as doubtful for Sunday game.
He worked on a side field as he recovers from the groin injury he suffered in Sunday’s game in Denver.
Veteran Wesley Woodyard, who stepped in for Brown against the Broncos, would move back into a starting role in the event Brown is held out.
Woodyard knows the drill. The 12-year veteran has started 108 games in his career, and he tallied eight tackles against the Broncos.
“I have been looking forward to this opportunity,” Woodyard said. “I am ready to just go out there and play and lead the team in tackles this week – that’s my goal, and to win.”
Cameron Wake, who has missed the last two contests with a hamstring injury, practiced again on Friday and he’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Linebacker Sharif Finch (shoulder) and cornerback Chris Milton (calf) have been ruled been ruled out for Sunday.
Tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) and linebacker Reggie Gilbert (knee) are also listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
The Titans added guard Rodger Saffold (back) to the injury report, but he’s expected to play.
Wide receiver Justin Hunter hauls in a game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake Locker with 15 seconds remaining to defeat the Chargers 20-17 on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at LP Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)
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