Titans' Harper takes cautious approach to return

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 3:38pm
Nick Harper

Cornerback Nick Harper has been noticeably limited during OTAs thus far this season.

There are times when Cary Williams will run with the first team as Harper is given a break to rest his surgically repaired abdominal injury. Harper underwent off-season surgery to fix the injury, which has left him somewhat limited this off-season.

“My stride is a little bit short right now from the surgery, so I’ve got to lengthen my stride. I’m full go. It’s only when I get sore that I back off,” Harper said.

Harper, who turns 35 in September, said he wants to get all the soreness and pain out of his system now, so that when training camp opens the last week of July, that he will be pain-free and ready to play.

“It’s one of those things that I want through the soreness now, so that when camp starts, I can get through all that,” Harper said.

Harper has battled a variety of minor nicks and injuries in his two seasons with the Titans. He played in 13 games a year ago with 71 tackles and two interceptions, while being bothered by a foot injury.

Zoo revue

The Titans are teaming up with the Nashville Zoo to host a day of “wild” fitness and activities for the entire family this Sunday from 2-5 p.m. on the Zoo’s Festival Field.

The activities are part of the “Play 60” program sponsored by the NFL and includes low impact activities, football drills and other games geared for children ages 3-14.

Several Titans players are expected to be on hand to help the kids through things such as the obstacle course, relay races and field goal kicking.

The event is open to the public. Admission to the Zoo is $14 for adults, $9 for children (2-12) and $12 for seniors (65 and over). Admission is free for all Zoo members. To purchase tickets or inquire about Zoo membership, please call the Nashville Zoo at 615-833-1534 or visit our website at www.nashvillezoo.org. The event is sponsored by Lifeguard Ambulance Service.


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