Brian Orakpo was a spectator at practice on the Tennessee Titans first day in full pads.
The Titans outside linebacker left Friday’s practice when he tossed his helmet, and then jogged to the trainer’s room and did not return.
Orakpo bumped shoulders with tight end Luke Stocker, according to head coach Mike Vrabel. The injury does not appear to be serious, according to Vrabel.
“Sometimes you get a little contact in camp where you wish you’ had pads on, right? There’s a guy who was going hard and bumped shoulders with Luke. We’ll take a look at him and evaluate him and kind of get him back out there when he’s ready,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.
Also, first-round pick Rashaan Evans left the field, limping and favoring his right leg on Saturday.
“We’ll check him out. I think he’ll be OK. But it’s probably something with the heat involved. I’ll take a look at it when I get inside,” Vrabel said of the linebacker.
Evans had made a nice hit on running back David Fluellen in team drills before exiting practice.
Also out on the first day in pads were tight end Delanie Walker (rest), receiver Rishard Matthews and defensive lineman Connor Flagel.
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Battle rages: Wide receiver Corey Davis and cornerback Malcolm Butler continue to work and challenge each other. On Saturday in one-on-ones, Butler got his second interception working against Davis. This one wasn’t quite as spectacular as Thursday’s grab where he wrestled the ball away, or on Friday when he punched a ball out after a deep catch. But Davis slipped – perhaps with a little help from Butler – and Butler grabbed the pass.
At other times, Davis continues to impress. He caught a deep ball from Marcus Mariota on the first play of team drills Saturday.
Teaching moment: Speaking of Butler and Davis, there was one play later in practice in team drills where both Davis and Taywan Taylor wound up in Butler’s zone on the coverage. As the play concluded, Butler pointed at the two receivers, knowing that one of the had probably blown his route to be so close, and said, “One of y’all (expletive) up.”
Play of the day: Tight end Anthony Firkser is an undrafted rookie from Harvard, hoping to get noticed in a logjam at the position. He helped his cause when he made an over-the-shoulder diving catch against Demontre Hurst on a ball thrown perfectly by backup QB Blaine Gabbert.
Long shot of the day: Receiver Darius Jennings continues to shine when given opportunities. Jennings, who split time last year between the active roster and the practice squad, has been pointed out by Vrabel as a player who has been getting noticed the entire off-season.
Jennings made a couple of more nice catches on Saturday, as he is running in the second group of receivers in the three-wide set with Rishard Matthews out.