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Friday's Quick Hits: Jamil Douglas Ready to Step in at Center, Containing Christian McCaffrey, 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 Carolina Panthers.

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

Center of Attention

The Titans will be without center Ben Jones on Sunday, and it will mark a first.

It will be the first missed start for Jones since he joined the team in 2016, a span of 58 straight games, including playoffs. It will also end his streak of 88 straight games started (dating back to his days in Houston) – the longest among all NFL centers.

Jamil Douglas is expected to start in his place.

Douglas has played in seven games for the Titans this season, including four starts at right guard. Douglas came off the bench and played one snap at center last week vs. the Buccaneers when Jones left for a play. Jones is dealing with a concussion he suffered in last week's game.

"With the week of practice, I feel good," Douglas said on Friday. "It was a good week, getting the communication down and building the continuity with the guys through the week, that's a big thing. Getting thrown in the game, you just have to adjust. They've been able to hear my calls all week and pay attention to how I do things and it's been working out great."

In his career, Douglas has started two games at center.

Douglas spent time with the Dolphins, Patriots, Falcons and Colts before initially landing in Tennessee at the end of last season.

"Two weeks ago, (Jamil) went in the game and finished it and was a special mention player of the game," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "He went in there last week after the seventh play (for Rodger Saffold). It's why everybody is here, to do that, and to understand their role and be ready to go."

Containing McCaffrey

Priority No.1 for Tennessee's defense is containing Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

In seven games, McCaffrey has 735 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, along with 39 catches for 343 yards and two scores.

"The importance (of containing him) is paramount, because that's who they really rely on to get them out of any kind of funk and give them sparks," Vrabel said of McCaffrey. "This guy has been so consistent, with explosive play runs, explosive play passes. You just can't give him a whole lot of space because he feeds off of space."

Injury Report

In addition to Jones, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey (shoulder) and tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) have also been ruled out for Sunday's game after not practicing all week.

Cornerback Chris Milton (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Linebacker Harold Landry (shoulder), linebacker Jayon Brown (groin), cornerback Malcolm Butler (hamstring), cornerback Adoree' Jackson (foot), guard Rodger Saffold (concussion), linebacker Cameron Wake (not injury related) and linebacker Sharif Finch (shoulder) all appeared on the Injury Report at some point during the week but they're good to go.

The Tennessee Titans practice on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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