Running back Derrick Henry made it back onto the practice field Monday for the Tennessee Titans for the first time since the opening day of training camp.
Henry, who suffered a half injury in the first practice and wound up spending a few days in a walking boot, made it through stretch and individual periods as the Titans worked in their indoor practice bubble.
“It’s really good to get everybody back that we can when we can get them back. Hopefully, we’ll see where he is and start to progress a little more tomorrow,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.
Vrabel was non-committal about whether or not Henry could see action Sunday night when the Titans host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I’m not going to hope and wish. If he’s better by Sunday and he’s ready to play, then we’ll play him. If not, we’ll keep working on getting him back,” Vrabel said.
The Titans also activated the final two players who were on the physically unable to perform list – kicker Ryan Succop and tight end Jonnu Smith. Succop was not seen on the practice field, but Smith was able to practice on Monday.
Smith, coming off a knee injury and donning a brace on his left knee, said he didn’t know for certain when he would be back, but wanted to be ready when that time came.
“I told myself that when I go back out there, I’m going to go back out there ready,” Smith said. “I didn’t really set an expectation on this is the day I’m going to come back. If I had set a certain day, and then something wasn’t right, I would have been upset with myself.”
Smith suffered the knee injury in early December, injuring it on Henry’s 99-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars last year.
Guard Nate Davis continues to miss time with an undisclosed injury. Davis being out has propelled Kevin Pamphile currently into the lead to start at right guard with Jamil Douglas also an option along with Aaron Stinnie.
“It hasn’t affected anybody but Nate. The only guy affected has been Nate and his ability to compete at that spot,” Vrabel said. “We’re still lining up with a right guard as far as I know. He’ll get back in there when he can. Right now Pamph (Pamphile) is doing well, Jamil is competing, Stinnie and just different combinations of guys.”
The Titans signed former University of Tennessee linebacker Quart’e Sapp and waived/injured linebacker Nigel Harris.