NASHVILLE – Left tackle Taylor Lewan is back with the Titans, and ready to do his part.
"It's been tough to be away, obviously," Lewan said on Wednesday. "You want to be able to compete and be with the boys. Now that I am back I am totally focused on the Buffalo Bills and Week 5."
Lewan, a three-time Pro Bowler, was suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.
Lewan said he watched the games on Sundays, and it wasn't easy.
"Any time you are put in a situation like this you have two choices: You can let it beat you up or you can grow from these types of things," Lewan said. "I believe that I have grown from it. There's been a lot of time for reflection for sure.
"I never, since I was little, had September off. So that was something to get used to and hopefully that will never happen again. I am just excited to play Week 5."
Lewan said he trained at Vanderbilt over the past month.
Now back at Saint Thomas Sports Park, he'll use this week to get back in football shape.
"You can do all the sprints in the world but when you put a helmet on it's different – it takes a little bit of time," Lewan said. "My main focus is to get the rust off as soon as possible and get ready to play Sunday.
"I am really excited to be here. I am stoked to be back with the boys and ready to get things going and hopefully play well on Sunday."
The Tennessee Titans practice on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)