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Friday's Quick Hits: Taywan Taylor's Improvement, DC Dean Pees Update, Facing DeAndre Hopkins, and Titans Injuries


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans receiver Taywan Taylor didn't miss a game during his rookie season, but he's been sidelined the past two weeks with a foot injury.

The good news is Taylor returned to practice this week.

But he remains a question mark for Monday night's game against the Texans.

"It is great to be back out there, but it is a day-to-day process as I work my way back in it," Taylor said on Friday. "I feel good. I feel a lot better since it first happened. I am just going to keep working, keep getting treatment, so I can get back right soon."

Taylor, who has 21 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown this season, suffered the injury in the team's Monday night win against the Cowboys.

He'd love to be back on Monday night.

"I think I am making good progress," Taylor said. "I am not used to missing games – I hate it. It would be a good feeling if I am able to get back out there with my squad on Monday night."

Pees Update

Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees left work early on Friday, after Titans coach Mike Vrabel urged him to do so.

Pees was not on the practice field, but he worked earlier in the day. Pees was at practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Pees left Sunday's Titans-Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium with a "medical issue," and he remained in an Indianapolis hospital overnight Sunday for tests before returning home.

Vrabel expects him to coach on Monday night.

"Dean was tired today, and I asked him to go home -- I wanted him to get some rest," Vrabel said. "I am trying to get Dean to Monday night, just like I would with all the players. … That's what I felt was best to get him to the game.

"Dean didn't want to leave, let me be real clear with that. I forced him to get some rest, and I'll talk to him in five minutes, see how he's feeling, and we'll go from there."

Tough Challenge

Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best in the NFL.

Hopkins has 68 catches for 950 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He's had 100 receiving yards in three of his past four games vs. Tennessee, including a six-catch, 110-yard game in Week 2 at Nissan Stadium.

Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson said Hopkins is a special talent. In 11 career games vs. the Titans, Hopkins has 72 catches for 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns.

"He looks like he is catching a Nerf ball out there sometimes," Jackson said. "He has great concentration, great hands and he catches everything that comes his way, like a magnet."

Injury Report

Running back David Fluellen (knee) and tackle Taylor Lewan (illness) did not practice on Friday for the Titans.

Center Ben Jones (shoulder) and Taylor (foot) practiced once again.

The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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