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:
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.”