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Friday's Quick Hits: Jurrell Casey Feeling Like Himself Again, Cameron Wake's Status, 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 Buffalo Bills.

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

Jurrell Casey is Back

Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey is feeling like himself again.

That's good news for the Titans, and bad news for opposing quarterbacks.

Casey is coming off his best game of the season – he had six tackles, a quarterback sack and four pressures against the Falcons. He also forced a fumble, which he recovered himself.

Casey said this week he thinks he played "timid" early in the season while recovering from the knee injury that slowed him all offseason. But he's put that behind him now.

"It was good to be back (at the start of the season) but muscles and things don't work like you think they will once you get out there," Casey said. "I was thinking about how my knee was going to react to the amount of redirecting and cutting I do, more the lateral playstyle that I normally play with. Once I was able to see (the knee) was going to hold up, I was good to go.

"It was mostly mental. I had to get comfortable and believe in my muscle memory, and I had to learn, 'This injury is a thing of the past. You have to let it go so you can do what you can do.'"

Casey said he started out slow in Week One in Cleveland, when he recorded just two tackles. In Week Two, he felt a little better, and recorded five tackles against the Colts.

Then he cleared a hurdle mentally and physically in Jacksonville, and the past two games he's been showing up more frequently. Casey has recorded six tackles in each of the past two games, and seven pressures.

"I was a little timid early, and it's not what people are used to seeing me doing," said Casey, a four-time Pro Bowl selection. "I think in Week 2 and Week 3 I started to get to the ball better – I didn't get to the quarterback the way I wanted, but I got some pressures and started feeling like myself again. And now I'm like, 'Forget everything and just go out there and play football and I have to make sure that is seen the rest of this season.

"I have to make sure I get back to the way I used to be."

Cameron Wake's Status

Titans outside linebacker Cameron Wake missed practice for the third straight day on Friday, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's out for Sunday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Wake is dealing with the hamstring injury he suffered against the Falcons.

Wake, who had 2.5 sacks in the opener and has four quarterback pressures on the season, spent the open portion of Friday's practice on an exercise bike.

Wake is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

"With what his role has been, to be able to rush, with a specific role," Vrabel said when explaining why Wake could play despite not practicing.

Injury Report

In addition to Wake, running back David Fluellen (knee) and offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile (knee) did not practice on Friday.

Fluellen and Pamphile have been ruled out for Sunday.

Safety Kenny Vaccaro (groin), tight end Delanie Walker (knee) and linebacker Daren Bates (ankle) appeared on the injury report at the beginning of the week but all three players practiced again on Friday and they're good to go.

The Titans added punter Brett Kern to the Injury Report on Friday with a right groin injury.

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