The Tennessee Titans held a special teams practice Monday morning, and one of the expected key contributors was a spectator.
Mark Jones, signed as a primary candidate to handle the punt and/or kickoff return chores, missed his third consecutive day of practice with a sore hamstring.
It is simply a precaution, the former University of Tennessee receiver, said after Monday’s morning practice ended.
Jones, who came over from the Carolina Panthers to help offset the loss of Chris Carr, said he is taking the prudent approach, and believes he can soon jump back to the front of the line in the return mix.
“I know this is my career, and I need to take care of my body if I want to be in it,” Jones said. “I have to be smart when I come back, and I know I don’t have anything to prove. I just have to do what I know how to do and that should speak for itself.”
Jones said he hopes to be back running in the next few days and hasn’t ruled himself out for Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio against the Buffalo Bills.
“I’m going with the mindset that I’m actually going to play this weekend,” Jones said. “I’m going to actually get back out here in the next couple of days and start running on it when I get cleared by the trainers, and that’s when I’ll start going again.”
As for the other key member of special teams who has been missing in action from the practice field, kicker Rob Bironas did not practice. Bironas has not kicked since the beginning of camp with a muscle injury the Titans have refused to disclose.