The Tennessee Titans welcomed a few players at Monday’s practice who have been missing for while.
The Titans, at least in some form or fashion, returned Rishard Matthews, Brian Orakpo and Rashaan Evans back onto the practice field during the open portion of practice. Safety Steven Terrell, who has been out with a groin injury, and running back Akrum Wadley were also back during the open portion of Monday’s work.
At the end of the open session, the Titans also had tight end Delanie Walker and cornerback Malcolm Butler back on the field for the start of Monday’s closed session.
Evans and Orakpo worked individually with head coach Mike Vrabel for much of the open session.
“I’m going to give it a go. I’m happy to be back. I’d rather have a week or practice, that’s more important than a preseason game,” said Orakpo, who injure his shoulder on the second day of camp. “In the game, the scheme is still kind of vanilla and generic. In a week of practice, they kind of throw the whole playbook at you. The game is more fun than anything, but practice is more important.”
Matthews, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list Sunday, did not disclose his injury.
“It was just something that happened that wouldn’t go away and then something else happened. I’m glad to be heal thy now and be back on the field. I feel good,” said Matthews, who said his injury problems began during OTAs.
As for Evans, he denied that his injury was a leg injury, though he limped off the field back on July 28 during the first padded practice, and did only three reps last week before heading inside with the training staff.
“Even if there was nothing wrong, you still just want to be safe. It may something that might be small, might be minor, but then it could be something that could be worse later on,” Evans said.
Walker was back at practice, coming onto the field just at the end of the open session. Walker has been out for nearly two weeks after limping off the field.
Walker was asked if he would be 100 percent by the season opener Sept. 9 in Miami and replied, “Indeed. I’m very confident of that.”
Joining Walker as a latecomer to practice was Butler, who has missed the past two games and practices during that time with what a league source indicated is a mild case of turf toe. The injury is not expected to keep him out of the season opener.
New signing: The Titans signed running back Lenard Tillery. Tillery formerly spent time with the Los Angeles Rams.