The safety position was a bit of an issue in Wednesday’s Tennessee Titans training camp practice.
After a day off on Tuesday, the Titans saw both starting safety Johnathan Cyprien and backup Kendrick Lewis leave the practice field early on Wednesday.
Cyprien, who was bothered by a severe hamstring injury that cost him nearly half the season last year, went down as he was rushing the quarterback during a team drill. As he was down and being tended to by the trainers, both Titans secondary coach Kerry Coombs and free safety Kevin Byard were nearby watching with concern.
After about a minute or so on the ground, Cyprien popped up and was able to walk off the field a bit gingerly, but under his own power. He went to the Titans training room and did not return to the practice field.
Cyprien’s injury came just a short time after backup safety Lewis suffered what appeared to be an elbow injury while breaking up a pass play. Lewis also went to the trainers room and did not finish practice.
That left Demontre Hurst, a converted cornerback trying to earn a spot as a backup safety, taking reps with the first team, while rookie fifth-round pick Dane Cruikshank got some work with the special teams.
Play of the day: Corey Davis recovered from an early drop, and wound up making a couple of nice catches on Thursday. Davis went up high for one reception during red zone drills, hauling in a pass from Marcus Mariota. Later, he and Mariota hooked up in a team drill for a nice throw and catch as well.
Days off continue: Cornerback Malcolm Butler and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey rotated onto the “day off” list for the Titans.
Also, Rashaan Evans continues to be out with an undisclosed ailment. Brian Orakpo was a spectator again today, as was rookie linebacker Sharif Finch.
Long shot of the day: Deontay Burnett showed good explosiveness after he made a catch in team drills the turned the ball upfield. Burnett is locked in a battle with several other undrafted rookies, hoping to catch a spot on the back end of the Titans receiving corps.
Still undisclosed: Coach Mike Vrabel still would not disclose what injury that cornerback Tye Smith, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, suffered that likely ended his season. Vrabel would only call Smith’s injury, “a long-term injury.”
According to some reports, Smith was spotted with his arm in a sling.
Alumni: Several former Titans were present today after being invited out to camp by Vrabel and the organization. Among those spotted at practice included Albert Haynesworth, Zach Piller, Eugene Amano, Chris Hope, Patrick Bailey, Tim Shaw, who has been a mainstay of the organization since being diagnosed with ALS.
Former safety Michael Griffin was also present, as he has been a coaching intern during camp. And Vrabel announced that former Titans linebacker Terry Killens is in town as he now working as an NFL official and got to see some old teammates as well. Killens was a special teams player for the Titans and was part of the wall of blockers that escorted Kevin Dyson to the end zone during the Music City Miracle.