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Quick Hits on Wednesday: CB LeShaun Sims Ready, Pro Bowl Reaction, and the Titans Injury Report


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Logan Ryan sat at his locker on Wednesday, his broken leg in a cast, and his 2018 season over.

The locker next to Ryan's belongs to Titans cornerback LeShaun Sims, who is expected to take his place on the field.

Sims, in his third NFL season, said he'll be ready -- with help from Ryan.

"Lo's still going to be in the building," Sims said. "I mean I sit right next to him here, in the meeting room, so he's still going to be helping us out and all that. ... He's a big influence because he's pretty much like a coach in the classroom and on the field as well. So (to) sit next to him and pick his mind, he give you tips, and it helps out a lot."

Sims stepped in and played when Ryan was injured against the Giants. Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees said on Wednesday he has complete confidence in Sims, who has played in 40 games, with seven starts in his career. Pees said Sims has done a great job in the classroom, and is always prepared.

"I feel confident with him," Pees said of Sims. "He'll do a great job out there for us."

Sims has played in 14 games this season for the Titans.

"I still prepare the same way like when I was a backup a couple of weeks before," Sims said. "I mean, it don't really change too much. Just go out there and try to execute at practice, execute the plays and then go into the game and execute as well."

Pro Bowl Reaction

The Titans had three players selected to play in this year's Pro Bowl -- defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, left tackle Taylor Lewan and punter Brett Kern.

The Titans were informed four other players (in no particular order) are alternates: safety Kevin Byard, quarterback Marcus Mariota, running back Derrick Henry, and linebacker Wesley Woodyard.

"It was a surprise for sure," said Kern, who will be making his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl. "I thought there were a lot of other punters … all having good years. It is a huge blessing – my kids are excited to go back and experience that again. It is a testament to special teams and how hard we've been working this year."

Kern is averaging 47.5 yards, with a 41.3-yard net. He's put 29 punts inside the 20-yard line, and he's coming off a game against the Giants when he placed all five of his punts inside the 20.

It will be Lewan's third straight Pro Bowl trip. He's now been selected to more Pro Bowls than some of the best tackles in Titans history, more than Brad Hopkins (2) and Michael Roos (1).

"You take pride in playing as hard as you can throughout the season," Lewan said. "And I think these kinds of things wouldn't be possible without the rest of the offensive line – guys like (guard) Quinton Spain having my back, tight ends with chips, and Marcus (Mariota) getting the ball out. I'm very lucky and fortunate to be in this situation. It is special."

Casey will be playing in his fourth Pro Bowl after turning down two previous trips as an alternate. He's the first player in the "Titans era" to make four consecutive Pro Bowls. Casey wasn't available in the locker room on Wednesday, as he was getting treatment.

Injury Update

Casey (knee), linebacker Sharif Finch (shoulder), linebacker Brian Orakpo (elbow), receiver Tajae Sharpe (ankle) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (back) did not practice on Wednesday.

Tight end Cole Wick (shoulder) was limited, along with running back David Fluellen (knee).

Quarterback Marcus Mariota (foot), guard Josh Kline (knee) and safety Brynden Trawick (illness), and safety Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) all appear on the Injury Report, but practices in full.

The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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