One of the differences between this week’s Tennessee Titans’ three-day minicamp and the three weeks of organized team activities (OTAs) that preceded it is that the minicamp is mandatory.
Running back Chris Johnson, loathe to train with the team the last two years, has been a willing and consistent participant when he did not need to be.
On the first day his attendance was required, though, he was absent. Not to worry, he was excused for personal reasons and was expected to rejoin the team Wednesday.
“He hasn’t missed any as far as we asked him to be four days a week at least at a minimum since we started the program and he has done that,” coach Mike Munchak said. “… A lot of the weeks he has been here five out of five days, so it has been good.
“This is something that we knew he would need some time off for, so he will be back [Wednesday].”
Other personnel issues from the first day of minicamp:
• Rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright will be held out of action for the entire week after he injured his shoulder in last week’s final OTA.
The situation is not considered serious or to be an issue for the start of training camp.
“If you ask him, he’d be out here,” Munchak said. “He’s a guy you have to tie down. That’s why you love him That’s why he was our pick in the first round, but he won’t do anything these next couple of days.”
• Guard Leroy Harris practiced for the first time this month. He was held out of the OTAs following offseason shoulder surgery.
“That was real good,” Munchak said. “Leroy has been out here with the team just doing individual drills. We gave our physicals [Monday] and the doctor felt good about his shoulder with the time that has passed and everything looks good there. They felt the appropriate time has passed to kind of go ahead and let him get back in the middle of things.”
• Veteran wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins was back with the offense after having missed one day last week with an ankle issue.
“The ankle thing has been there,” Munchak said. “We’ve just been trying different things to help him. He’s been practicing full speed for the whole offseason. … It was good to have him back.”