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NASHVILLE – Titans head coach Mike Vrabel held a video conference call on Tuesday to provide some updates while he's away from Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Vrabel, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, is currently in quarantine, at home.

He hasn't attended practices the past two days.

Here's a look at what Vrabel said on Tuesday:

-Vrabel started off my expressing his sympathy for everyone impacted by the deadly flooding in Waverly, Tennessee, over the weekend.

Waverly officials increased the death toll to 18 after historic amounts of rainfall led to mass destruction and devastation. According to the National Weather Service, the area had 17 inches of rain.

"I want to let everybody know how much sympathy and thoughts and our concerns are for the people in Waverly," Vrabel said. "I have COVID, with almost non-existent symptoms right now, and they've lost family members, and they've lost homes."

Vrabel thanked the first responders, and said he regretted not expressing sympathy earlier for those impacted over the weekend.

"Our team, our organization, our thoughts and prayers are with everybody that was affected by the floods," Vrabel said.

-Vrabel said he had a Monoclonal Antibody infusion as part of his COVID treatment.

"I feel fine, I feel great," Vrabel said. "I'm ready to get back to work."

Vrabel will need two negative tests in a 48-hour period to return, however, and he said he hasn't had a negative test yet.

Vrabel said over the weekend he had a sore throat and an earache, but he said on Tuesday he's feeling good. In fact, he got a workout in on Tuesday while at home.

-Vrabel said he's been watching tape of practices, and he's been staying in touch with coaches and other team officials while away.

He's been on Zoom for squad meetings at 8 a.m. the past two days, "trying to get my message across, things that I saw that occurred in practice, and things that we're are going to try and focus on that particular day."

Vrabel has also worked on the day-by-day schedule, and watched additional tape after practices. He's met via Zoom with the team's training staff about injuries.

-The biggest news of the day Tuesday was the return of receiver Julio Jones, who was on the practice field in full uniform for the first time since early this month. Jones participated in a jog-through late after conditioning work and spending time working with receivers coach Rob Moore.

After the session, Jones caught passes from the JUGS machine.

It was a good sign, Vrabel said.

"I'm always encouraged when any of our players can get back out there, that may not have been out there in the previous days or weeks," Vrabel said. "But yeah, certainly it was good to see, and some of that stuff at the end (of practice) was allowing a lot of guys who hadn't been out there to get back out there with us."

-Vrabel said he's hopeful of being back for Saturday night's preseason finale against the Bears.

He declined to say who would run the show if he's not able to return.

"We have time until Saturday," Vrabel said. "I am confident that our players will be ready and prepared for the football game. All I can say is I'm hopeful, but until I have two negative tests I'll stay here and continue to miss the hell out of the football team."

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