Kyle Vanden Bosch has always been a high motor guy.
But after more than a month of idling because of a groin injury, Vanden Bosch appears ready to rev into high gear on Sunday against the New York Jets.
Vanden Bosch originally suffered a groin tear back on Oct. 5 in Baltimore, and has not finished a game since that time. He has been inactive for three of the past four games, including being completely shut down the past two weeks.
Vanden Bosch was back on the practice field Wednesday in hopes of returning for Sunday’s battle of division leaders when the New York Jets come to town.
“I anticipate going,” Vanden Bosch said. “I feel good and feel better now than at any point than I have in the last five weeks. I expect to be full go Sunday.”
Not only is the groin injury on the mend, but Vanden Bosch said the rest of his body feels good because off the time off for the groin injury to heal.
“I’ve had five straight bye weeks. My body feels good,” Vanden Bosch said. “As long as this leg holds up, hopefully, it’ll look like I’ve been shot out of a cannon on Sunday.”
That might be bad news for Jets quarterback Brett Favre, but it’s good news for the Titans if a fresh Vanden Bosch is all set for the home stretch of the regular season and the playoffs.
“It’s huge,” defensive line coach Jim Washburn said. “If you look for a silver lining in that cloud, his neck isn’t hurting, his hands aren’t hurting, his elbows [are OK] and the constant beating he takes. He’ll be a little rusty in his technique, but having a guy coming down the stretch in games like this that’s fresh is good.”
Vanden Bosch, who made 54 consecutive starts as a Titan before ending that streak Oct. 27 against Indianapolis, said shutting down for a couple of weeks was really the only remedy for the groin injury.
“It was the only move. I wasn’t ready two weeks ago; I wasn’t ready on Sunday,” Vanden Bosch said. “As much as I tried to will it to get better, it just didn’t happen. It just needed some time.
“It was just the healing process. Really the pain finally subsided. There was no weakness anymore. Really, the only timetable was how my body was responding.”
While Vanden Bosch was out, the Titans had hoped to make do without him. But with the play of Dave Ball and Jacob Ford, who have a combined 7.5 sacks, they have done more than that.
“If somebody had told me we wouldn’t have Kyle for five-and-a-half games — that’s how long it was — I figure I would have panicked,” Washburn said. “But somehow we’ve lived through it, and hopefully he’s going to be back.”
Vanden Bosch said the play of Ford and Ball made it easier for him to finally shut it down and endure the recovery process.
“It’s easier to be on the sidelines when you’re not worried about what’s gonna happen out there,” Vanden Bosch said. “You have a comfort level in whoever is out there on the field is going to get it done. That’s been one of the bright sides of me sitting and seeing these guys having success and making plays on the field.”
Still, the thought of potentially having a well-rested Vanden Bosch back on the right side of the line is an idea the Titans are excited about.
“I think we’ve been playing great football without him in there,” linebacker Keith Bulluck said. “So if we get our sack leader from the past two or three years back out there, it only gets better. He has had four weeks to rest and he’s healed up, and that motor is going to be right back out there. The right side will be back to full force this week.”