Quarterback Vince Young practiced for a third straight day Friday, with backup Kerry Collins also taking some of the reps in the workout in preparation for Sunday’s AFC Wild-Card Game in San Diego.
“He was better like we anticipated,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “He participated in most of practice and took his normal reps. He just did not get the full speed, but we hope he’ll continue to improve.”
Young is making his way back from a right quadriceps injury he re-aggravated in last Sunday night’s 16-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Fisher said the Titans would warm up Young, whom he called “a quick healer” before the game, see how close he is and make a final decision on whether he would start against the San Diego Chargers.
Running back LenDale White returned from Denver where he had been away the past two days because of the death of his grandmother, but did not practice again because of a sore knee.
“We visited yesterday and again today,” Fisher said. “He’s coming around. The knee is sore, and he’ll get some exercises. He get stretched out and we’ll get him mentally ready to play.”
Two starting offensive linemen were out for the third consecutive day of practice, as center Kevin Mawae (calf) watched practice, and guard Benji Olson (back) was not in attendance. Fisher said both would be game-time decisions.
Eugene Amano, who has started the past two games for Mawae, is looking forward to possibly getting a playoff start in his hometown.
“I’ve been bounced around the last couple of weeks,” said Amano, who has seen time at both guard spots as well as center in the past month. “It’s nice to be settling into a position, knowing where I’m going to play and I get to prepare all week for it.”
The Titans have an open roster spot because of receiver Roydell Williams’ injury and could use it to add depth to the offensive line, in the event that Mawae and/or Olson cannot go Sunday. Rookie lineman Mike Otto has been on the team’s practice squad all season.
As for Williams, who underwent surgery Thursday on his broken ankle, the timing was frustrating.
“It’s real frustrating, but I try to stay positive about the whole situation. It was something I really couldn’t control,” said Williams, who suffered the injury running a pass route in Wednesday’s practice.
Williams said the pain level in the ankle won’t allow him to make the trip with the Titans to San Diego to watch the playoff game.