Former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw was carted off the field after being knocked down when an interception in a mini-camp drill caused a player to bump him accidentally as he was behind the offense.
He later returned to watch practice and even broke down the huddle at the end of the workout.
Shaw, who was diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2014, has been welcomed back by the organization since being stricken with the illness. He has a locker in the Titans locker room and when he can assists the Titans regarding special teams.
“Tim is part of our team. He’s part of our coaching staff. We want him out there,” Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said.
On Tuesday, when a pass was intercepted, Shaw was bumped and fell. He stayed down for about a minute or so, but then was carted off the field. Initially, there were fears that Shaw’s issue might have been heat related, as temperatures have soared into the 90s this week. But it was due to being nudged accidentally.
“He was behind the ball. He was behind the players,” Mularkey said. “Then when there is an interception, it’s not just the offensive guys, but everybody turns to go cover the interception and he was in a bad place at the time, and got bumped and went down. He’s fine. He was worried about the receiver that ran into him. He thought he hurt him.”
Second-year receiver Tajae Sharpe was in a walking boot and using a scooter after having surgery two weeks ago for a stress fracture in his right foot.
In addition to Sharpe, other Titans who did not practice Tuesday in mini-camp included safety Jonathan Cyprien, who tweaked an ankle at Tuesday’s practice. Mike Mularkey said the injury was not serious.
Others out of practice included defensive end Karl Klug, linebacker Kevin Dodd, quarterback Matt Cassel, tight end Tim Semisch and linebacker Johnny Ragin.
Day one of mini-camp went to the defense, Mularkey said.
That was not what Mularkey, who comes from the offensive side of the football, wanted to see.
“I was a little disappointed. The offense had too many mistakes. We only had three penalties, but they were all by the offense, and we had too many times when the ball was stripped by the defense,” Mularkey said. “I’ll go the reverse. The defense was on top of things, great communication, great execution, great with the turnovers, very disciplined and no mistakes. Credit to them.”