Defensive end Jurrell Casey was held out of practice again on Wednesday by the Tennessee Titans due to his sprained foot.
Casey went through stretch with his teammates, but then in the open portion of practice ran and did work on the side. Titans coach Mike Mularkey called it a “smart decision” not to practice Casey on Wednesday during the Titans’ full pad practice.
Casey was also out of practice on Monday when the Titans returned from their bye week to begin preparations for Sunday’s home game against the Denver Broncos.
The coach, however, remains optimistic that the Pro Bowl defensive lineman will be ready to go by Sunday.
“I know Jurrell pretty well. I know he’s going to play if he can play. We’ve got lots of time before that day. I think we’re handling it the right way the way we’re treating it and holding him out of some of the stuff. Again, it’s early in the week,” Mularkey said.
Titans running back DeMarco Murray was able to forgo his “Wednesday off” routine that he had had for the previous four weeks before the bye week last week.
Murray, who also practiced on Monday after having battled a toe injury on his right foot, was a full participant again on Wednesday, leading to further indications that his health situation has improved a bit.
“I haven’t been resting him on Wednesdays. I’ve been watching his foot for the last few Wednesdays. He’s getting better, so I practiced him today,” Mularkey said.