NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Wednesday 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 Wednesday:
Confidence in LeShaun Sims
Malcolm Butler is out -- the Titans cornerback was placed on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, ending his 2019 season.
Enter LeShaun Sims, who will step into the lineup to take his place.
On Wednesday the Titans expressed a lot of confidence in Sims, who has played in 51 career games, with nine starts.
“He is probably one of the best press man-to-man corners in the league,” cornerback Logan Ryan said of Sims. “He was the best corner in training camp this year. He didn’t give up a catch in one-on-ones in 25 straight passes, and I’ve never seen anyone that good at that.
“He is a good player. This league is about opportunity, and he hasn’t had it yet. So now is a great opportunity for him to get some reps. … I think LeShaun is as ready as anybody for this opportunity.”
Butler, who started the first nine games for the Titans this season, suffered a wrist injury in Sunday’s loss against the Panthers.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said the Chiefs provide challenges for the Titans and he expects Sims to rise to the occasion.
“There’s a lot of guys that get opportunities in this league and do some really good things with it,” Vrabel said, “and we are confident that’s what LeShaun will do.”
What's Up With Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes?
The Titans are preparing to face Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but at this point it’s not a certainty that he’ll play on Sunday.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters who cover the Titans on Wednesday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the team planned to increased Mahomes’ workload in practices this week before making a decision on his availability.
Matt Moore has played for the Chiefs the last few weeks after Mahomes dislocated his right kneecap in a game vs. the Broncos.
“He is going to practice, and we’ll increase his reps and see how he does,” Reid said of Mahomes. “He’s had limited work here, so we’ll see how he does and how it works out for him.
“I have a lot of trust in our trainers and doctors and I just say if a guy’s ready to go, you go.”
The Chiefs listed Mahomes as a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Titans Injury Report
Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (shoulder), receiver Corey Davis (hip), tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) and linebacker Jayon Brown (groin) did not practice on Wednesday.
Center Ben Jones returned to practice on Wednesday after missing a week’s worth of practices last week, and Sunday’s game, because of a concussion. He was listed as limited on the team’s injury report.
“He is not good yet,” Vrabel said of Jones. “But he is progressing well. There’s a lot of things you have to do in the last couple of stages to pass through the entire (concussion) protocol. He is working on it.”
Also, linebacker Harold Landry (shoulder), cornerback Chris Milton (ankle) and linebacker Cameron Wake (not-injury related) were all limited in Wednesday’s session.
The Tennessee Titans practice on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)