After working on the side on Monday, receiver Kenny Britt’s hamstring issue could be mostly behind him, according to Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher.
That does not mean, however, that Britt is necessarily ready to step back into practicing. The Titans now want to get Britt’s conditioning level back up before removing him from the active physically unable to perform list and clearing him to practice.
“Kenny’s hamstring, I would say after today is not necessarily the issue. The injury itself has pretty much healed. I was pleased with what he did today,” Fisher said.
Fisher was hopeful that Britt might return sooner than he initially hoped after seeing his work in rehabbing the injury.
“The way he did work on the side, we’re conditioning him twice a day and he’s doing rehab and getting treatment and he responded well in his exercises yesterday,” Fisher said.
Elsewhere, kicker Rob Bironas returned but the mystery surrounding his ailment didn’t go away on Monday.
“I thought over the last couple of days he would be back kicking,” Fisher said, while still declining to reveal Bironas’ mystery ailment.
The Titans coach was more forthcoming with other injuries, saying that both Jacob Ford and Mark Jones have mild hamstring strains after MRIs performed Monday.
Ford could require a little bit of time and some caution in his recovery, after suffering the injury on Sunday.
“He has a mild hamstring strain. We’re just going to bring him along. We’re not going to take any chances. We’ll probably give Jacob a couple of extra days when we clear him to practice as well,” Fisher said.
Receiver Paul Williams missed Monday’s work with a mild groin strain, and two other Titans players were unable to finish practice with injuries.
Rookie safety Nick Schommer suffered a right leg injury and had an ice pack around the back of his knee, while linebacker Colin Allred sprained his left ankle and did not finish practice.
Rookie defensive tackle Mitch King missed his second straight day of work with an illness.
Monday marked the official 50th anniversary of the founding of the Titans franchise. The team was created on Aug. 3, 1959 with the formation of the eight-team American Football League, with the team then known as the Houston Oilers.
The Titans will wear the Oilers uniforms from their inaugural 1960 season three times this season, including this Sunday in Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame Game.
A crew of NFL officials was on hand for practice Monday, and wound up calling a lot of false starts on the Titans offense during the course of team drills.
“Any time we can make the offense jump offsides [we’ll take it]. When they get us offsides, we get yelled at, but when we get them offsides, they don’t get yelled at,” Jevon Kearse said.
At one point, Fisher lectured the players about not having so many penalties.
“The message was we need to get some work done and not jump offsides, and not keep stopping the plays and resetting the plays,” Kearse said.
Batting it down
The Titans defensive linemen had a banner day in Monday’s practice, batting down at least four passes in drills. William Hayes, Jason Jones, Kevin Vickerson and Larry Birdine all batted down balls near the line of scrimmage.