NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees was back on the practice field on Wednesday, and is “healthy,” according to head coach Mike Vrabel.
Pees left Sunday’s Titans-Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium with a “medical issue,” and he remained in an Indianapolis hospital overnight Sunday for tests.
But Pees returned to Nashville on Monday, and he was back at work earlier in the week. He could be heard loud and clear during Wednesday's practice session.
“It was good to have him back, and I think he is doing well,” Vrabel said of Pees. “He is back, and we are thankful to have him back here, and I would say healthy.”
The Titans face the Texans on Monday night, and Pees is expected to make the trip.
Titans safety Kevin Byard said it’s great to have Pees back. The Titans are ranked No. 2 in the NFL in scoring defense.
“He has been walking around, doing his normal deal,” Byard said of Pees. “For him to want to hurry back and coach, it is inspiring. … Of course we gave him a nice reception, but he is approaching things like nothing is different than it has been.”
The Titans have turned the page after Sunday’s 38-10 loss to the Colts, and the focus is on the Texans.
Still, Titans running back Dion Lewis said the feeling from that game lingers, and it should motivate everyone.
“Pissed off,” Lewis said of the mood. “I speak for myself, but (I’m) pissed off. We went out there and laid an egg, and that is unacceptable. We have to help each other out, play harder for each other, and we have to look at each other in the face after the game and (say): Did you give it all for your brother? And if you can’t do that, then I think you are not only letting yourself, you are letting your teammates down.
“Everybody needs to just go out there and work hard. … We should be pissed off. We just got whooped on. We can’t be mad – we have to go out there and practice hard, and get it fixed.”
Titans running back David Fluellen did not practice on Wednesday.
Receiver Taywan Taylor (foot) was back on the practice field. Taylor has missed the past two games.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota (stinger) practiced on a limited basis.
Because of the Monday night game, the Titans aren’t required to put out an official injury report
The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)