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NASHVILLE – Titans coach Mike Vrabel held a video conference call on Wednesday, one day after the team's 42-16 win over Buffalo Bills.

Next up for the Titans is a game against the Houston Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Here's a look at some of the hot topics from today's call:

More Players Back?

Receiver Corey Davis, defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, receiver Adam Humphries, tight end MyCole Pruitt and fullback Khari Blasingame from the 53-man roster currently remain on the team's Reserve/COVID-19 list, along with tight end Tommy Hudson, defensive back Breon Borders and receiver Cameron Batson from the team's practice squad.

Vrabel sounded somewhat optimistic about getting some of those players back for Sunday's game vs the Texans.

"We are hopeful that some of those players would return that are on the COVID list here in the next few days," Vrabel said.

UPDATE: The Titans activated receivers Adam Humphries and Cam Batson from the team's Reserve/COVID-19 list later Wednesday.

Humphries rejoined the 53-man roster, while Batson has been restored to the practice squad.

The Titans on Tuesday activated cornerback Kristian Fulton from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but he was among the team's inactives after not practicing at all leading up to the game.

"It would have been hard to ask him (to play)," Vrabel said of Fulton. "So, we just made a decision that we felt was best for the team."

Fans "Make it Better"

The Titans announced a paid attendance of 8,403 for Tuesday's game, which amounts to roughly 12.5 percent of the stadium's 69,143-seat capacity.

On Sunday against the Texans, the Titans will allow 15 percent, or roughly 10,400.

Vrabel said he heard the crowd vs the Bills.

"It was great to see those fans, the people who were able to come out," Vrabel said. "It made it better. It did, it made it better. Going from the last home game (vs Jacksonville), we had the eight fans that had won the promotional event, and it was great to see those people out there (last night).

"And they were loud. They cheered, and it was noticeably different."

"Moving On" From Correa

On Wednesday morning, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero from NFL Network reported Titans outside linebacker Kamalei Correa had requested a trade after being inactive Tuesday night.

Vrabel said he and Titans General Manager Jon Robinson spoke with Correa on Wednesday, and the team is prepared to move on.

"We told him that he would be released," Vrabel said of Correa. "Someone may reach out (and be willing to make a trade), and that would be another situation that could happen. But as of now, I think we'll just plan on going in another direction and (plan on) moving on."

UPDATE: Later Wednesday, the Titans agreed to trade OLB Kamalei Correa and a seventh-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2021 sixth-round selection.

Vrabel said the Titans are hoping to get Derick Roberson back in the rotation moving forward with outside linebackers Jadeveon Clowney, Harold Landry and Vic Beasley.

Red Zone Success

On Tuesday, the Titans became the first team to score a touchdown on every red zone possession (minimum 6 RZ drives), have zero turnovers, and allow no sacks since the Patriots defeated the Bills, 56-10, in Week 11 of their undefeated 2007 season.

Tannehill and former Packers QB Brett Favre are the only players in the last 30 seasons to complete 100% of their passes in the red zone, throw 3-plus red zone touchdowns and rush for a red zone touchdown in a game, per Will Selva of NFL Network.

"Ryan's done a good job of being decisive with the ball," Vrabel said, "and be able to run it or find somebody downfield."

Special Teams

The Titans were really good on special teams on Tuesday night, and Vrabel took notice.

"Special teams played probably their best game of the season," he said.

Titans punter Brett Kern downed three punts inside the 20, and averaged a 43.0-yard net. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was a perfect 6-of-6 kicking extra points. Returner Kalif Raymond provided a 40-yard punt return that set up a score, and gunner Chris Milton made a tremendous open field tackle and downed another punt at the three-yard line in punt coverage. Linebacker David Long Jr. forced a fumble on kick coverage that was recovered by cornerback Kareem Orr. Linebacker Nick Dzubnar was credited with two special teams stops.

"And it was against a really good unit, probably what we felt was the best unit we were going to face up to this date," Vrabel said, "and they really responded."

Two Memorable Stiff Arms

Titans running back Derrick Henry set Twitter memes ablaze when he stiff-armed Bills cornerback Josh Norman on Tuesday night.

"It was the best five-yard run I've ever seen," Vrabel said of Henry's run, which was negated because of offsetting penalties. "It was amazing."

During the video call, Vrabel recalled a memorable stiff-arm he was on the wrong end of during his playing career.

"Adrian Peterson got me one time," Vrabel said with a slight smile, "and I knew I was getting close to the end."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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