Kyle Vanden Bosch watched the end of Sunday’s game in Baltimore from the Tennessee Titans sidelines because of a first-half groin injury.
It was not a vantage point he liked.
So now, Vanden Bosch, like some other injured Titans teammates, will give up his bye weekend away to rehab his injured groin so he can be healthy enough to play when the 5-0 Titans return to action next weekend at Kansas City.
“There’s nothing worse than going out there and watching your team battle without you,” Vanden Bosch said. “You really want to be a part of it. I dealt with that a long time in Arizona, and it’s something that I don’t ever want to deal with again. I just want to be out there without my teammates.”
Vanden Bosch had enough of the experience of sitting out with injuries to last him an entire career while he was with the Cardinals. In four seasons there, Vanden Bosch missed 29 of 64 games with injuries, both times sustaining serious knee injuries that shut him down for the year.
But since coming to Tennessee, Vanden Bosch has started 53 consecutive games for the Titans, and to the best of his or anyone’s recollection, finished 52 of them _ last Sunday’s being the lone exception to that streak.
“I’d sure hate to miss one,” Vanden Bosch said. “I work hard all year round to make sure I’m in tip-top shape, so I can play hard for 16 weeks, and I sure don’t want to miss one.”
Vanden Bosch said of trying to make certain he is back in time for the game with the Chiefs.
The bye week comes at a good time for the Titans, who not only have Vanden Bosch currently on the shelf, but also practiced Wednesday without the rest of the starting defensive line as well, plus backup end Jacob Ford.
The numbers were thin enough that the Titans signed Charles Bennett to their practice squad and released quarterback Preston Parsons on Wednesday.
“We’re trying to heal up,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said of the injuries. “We’ve got some guys that are banged up and some guys that just need rest. … We brought Charles in because he’s versatile and he can play end or tackle.”
Vanden Bosch said it is important for him and the rest of the Titans to get as healthy as possible and build on the foundation that has already been laid with the perfect start.
“It’s important that I’m feeling great for that stretch run. We’re doing some good things, and I want to be a part of it,” Vanden Bosch said. “We’re off to a good start. Now we get a chance to rest and get well and really make a push.
“It’s important to make a push early in the season, because there are a lot of factors that can come into play like health and just general fatigue. So you’ve got to make a push while everybody is feeling good, and I think we have a good chance to do that right now.”
MORE REST: The Titans are resting a number of players through the bye week practices, including starting quarterback Kerry Collins and starting receivers Justin McCareins and Justin Gage, who is still nursing a knee injury.
“The bye week is good,” said Gage, who missed last week’s game in Baltimore. “It gives you a week to get your body together and get away from football for a few days so you can come back and get a fresh start.”
Asked about the knee injury and whether he would need anything other than just rest and rehab, Gage said, “It’s something that’ll heal on its own. I’ll just take my time to deal with it.”
Others who were held out Thursday, beside the starting defensive line, quarterback and receivers were cornerback Nick Harper, defensive back Chris Carr and cornerback Reynaldo Hill.