Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan is expected to play in the Tennessee Titans’ season opener at Miami on Sunday just 18 days after surgery on his right knee.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel made the announcement just after the veteran linebacker completed hi second consecutive full participation practice on Friday.
Morgan, entering his ninth NFL season, suffered what was reported to be a torn meniscus in the Titans’ preseason game against Tampa Bay and had surgery shortly thereafter.
“God is a healer. That’s all I’m going to say,” Morgan said. “I prayed and asked for healing, and here I am, feeling good. God is a healer.”
Morgan said that his first reaction when told the knee would need surgery was, “that I was going to play week one.”
Vrabel praised Morgan’s approach in working back from the injury.
“He’s a veteran, and he knows how to take care of his body. He knows how to recover. He understands that this game is a physical game and one that takes a toll on your body. But he also understands how to get back out there quickly. I really do appreciate his rehab and his efforts to come back what amounts to about 18 days.”
Morgan said he does not know yet if he will be able to take a full complement of snaps Sunday or have to be eased back into action. He said that the biggest obstacle was being confident that the injury had healed.
“The biggest thing coming back off injury is confidence and being able to test it out and see how it’s going to feel. Through the week, we did a great job with the training staff of the workload and entering back into practice. We stayed the course, and everything went forth as planned,” he said.
Elsewhere, the Titans declared four players out for the season opener against the Dolphins, including their first two draft choices. Linebackers Rashaan Evans (hamstring) and Harold Landry (right ankle) did not practice Friday and will be out. Safety Kendrick Lewis (foot) is out after not practicing all week. Tackle Jack Conklin, recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, is out, but did limited work on Friday.