The Tennessee Titans opened the window to activate Harry Douglas from injured reserve and have up to 21 days to decide what to do with the veteran wide receiver.
Douglas made the Titans’ initial 53-man roster out of training camp, but the very next day after the roster was set he was moved to injured reserve with a knee issue, and the Titans brought back receiver/returner Eric Weems who had been released in final cuts.
Douglas has been on the shelf now for 10 weeks, but was activated Monday to begin practicing and give the Titans a chance to evaluate him to see if they want to restore him to the active roster or shut him down for the season on IR.
“I felt like a kid in a candy store. I really didn’t sleep that much last night, knowing that today was going to be my first practice back,” Douglas said.
When the decision was first made to place Douglas on injured reserve, the veteran receiver was disappointed.
“It’s frustrating but at the same time, I’m in year 10. You can’t let the frustration get in the way of your preparation and rehab and your target date of coming back. When it first happened, I was all frustrated, but I let all the frustration out in the first week,” Douglas said.
Douglas during his time off not only worked to rehab the injury, but also became an assistant coach of sorts, even making road trips and having a headset and a playcard with him on the sideline as he offered advice and assistance to his fellow receivers.
“He’s a great leader. He’s great in the locker room, great in that receiver’s room,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “He’s like a coach in that receiver’s room, coach on the field, they trust him, he’s been great on the sideline during games. He’s got a lot of experience behind him in a lot of different roles. He does things the right way, he’s a guy to follow.”
For now, Douglas hopes that the pat he follows will lead him back to the playing field for a few more games with the Titans, as he is in the final year of the three-year deal he signed in 2015 with Tennessee.
“I was excited and happy just to be back out there with my brothers working toward a common goal,” Douglas said.
The Titans have one other player on injured reserve with a designation to return. Linebacker Aaron Wallace underwent back surgery after week one, but Mularkey said there has not been any final decision on when he might return.