NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Here’s a look at three quick hits from Friday:
Titans tight end Delanie Walker prompted some comic relief during a Friday morning team meeting after his social media post on Thursday.
Walker’s post “#throwbackthursdayvintage Mike Vrabel trying to tackle the boi #” shows a picture of the Titans tight end during his playing days with the San Francisco 49ers. In the post, the Kansas City Chiefs player pictured tacking him is Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, who played in 2009 and 2010 with the Chiefs after spending the first part of his career with the Steelers and Patriots.
“Someone sent it to me yesterday, with us playing the Chiefs,” Walker said. “I knew I played against (Vrabel) a few times, but I didn’t know he tackled me and someone had a picture of it. It was funny.”
Someone brought the picture to the attention of Vrabel, who showed it in a team meeting.
“I asked (rookie) Isaiah Mack if he knew who those two players were, and he did, to his credit,” Vrabel said. “He must’ve already seen the picture. I was joking – that was the shortest gain in Delanie Walker’s career. … That was minus-10 yard play.”
Walker’s teammates came to his defense, though. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard stepped up and corrected his head coach.
“Wood said, it looks like he got a first down – I can see the marker in the background,” Vrabel said laughing. “I said 'Wood, shut up, I don’t need all that.' They caught me. I tried to make it sound like it was a tackle (for a loss).”
Center of Attention
Center Ben Jones has cleared concussion protocol and will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday for the Titans.
Last Sunday, Jones missed his first start since joining the team in 2016, a span of 58 straight games, including playoffs. It also ended his streak of 88 straight games started (dating back to his days in Houston) – the longest among all NFL centers.
“I’m playing,” Jones said. “I’m ready to roll, and excited to play.”
Jones said he hopes he’ll start another streak.
“God was good to me,” Jones said. “Every day God blesses me with a chance to play, I am just happy to play.”
Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (shoulder), tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) and linebacker Jayon Brown (groin) all missed practice again on Friday and have been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game.
Receiver Corey Davis (hip) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game.
Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, who was added to the Injury Report on Thursday with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Friday and is expected to play, along with guard Rodger Saffold (knee), despite being limited in practice Friday with a knee injury.
Ryan Succop's 53-yard field goal sailed just over the crossbar, giving the Titans a dramatic 19-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)