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Friday's Quick Hits: Delanie Walker on Verge of 500 Catches, Kevin Byard's Return to Atlanta, and the Titans Injury Report


NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Here's a look at three quick hits from Friday:

Delanie Walker Ready, On Verge of 500 Catches

Titans tight end Delanie Walker was back on the practice field on Friday after missing two straight days with a knee injury.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Walker is a go.

"I imagine that Delanie will be able to play in the game," Vrabel said, "and that is a credit to his veteran presence and leadership."

Walker said he feels good. He was listed as a full participant on the team's Injury Report on Friday.

"I have great coaches, a great training staff," Walker said. "I felt good today, running around, so I am looking to play on Sunday."

Walker is on the verge of hitting a major milestone – with 499 catches, he needs just one catch for 500 for his career.

Walker is set to join Jason Witten (1,162), Greg Olsen (682), Jimmy Graham (620), Vernon Davis (582) and Ben Watson (530) as the only active tight ends to reach 500 receptions.

"I didn't even know that I was reaching that mark," Walker said. "Our PR department let me know about it. At the end of the day, I don't think about it because when you think about things like that you tend to mess up. I am just going to go about my day and play on Sunday and if I get the catch, I get the catch. If I don't, I don't.

"I look to surpass that 500-mark, and we'll see what happens."

Return to Atlanta

Titans safety Kevin Byard has great memories from his days in Atlanta.

Byard attended M.L. King High School in Lithonia, Georgia, and his high school graduation was at the Georgia Dome.

During his redshirt freshman year at MTSU, he was part of a win at Georgia Tech.

"I am 1-0 in Atlanta," Byard said with a smile, "and hopefully we can make it 2-0."

Byard is expecting roughly two dozen family and friends to be in the crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The key for the Titans, he said, is to eliminate big plays from Atlanta's offense.

"We have to eliminate those X plays – big passes, big runs," he said. "They have great skill position players."

Byard is looking forward to the return home.

"Mercedes-Benz Stadium, I've rolled past it several times -- they have a big Falcon in the front,'" Byard said. "It is a really nice-looking stadium. It is going to be fun playing there. My family will have the experience of going there and being in the stadium and it is going to be pretty cool."

Injury Report

Offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile worked on a side field with trainers, but he won't play again in Sunday's game.

"I would say he is getting closer," Vrabel said of Pamphile, "but he'll be out for this week."

Vrabel said he'd like to get rookie guard Nate Davis some work against the Falcons, but "we'll see how that goes between now and Sunday."

Linebacker Daren Bates (ankle) was on the practice field after being listed as a DNP on Wednesday and Thursday. Bates did some work on a side field on Thursday, but he was listed as a full participant on Friday.

Linebacker Rashaan Evans (wrist), running back David Fluellen (knee), cornerback Chris Milton (collarbone) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (quad) all practiced in full again on Friday.

Former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck scores two touchdowns within one minute of each other as the Titans storm back from a 21-point deficit to defeat the Falcons 38-31 on Nov. 23, 2003 at the Georgia Dome. (Photos: Donn Jones)

Titans Online looks back at the all-time series against the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photos)

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