Three Quick Hits from Friday's Practice


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans just wrapped up practice on Friday at St. Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the unbeaten Panthers.

Three quick hits after today's practice…

Special day

The father of Titans running back Antonio Andrews will serve as the 12th Titan Sword of Honor prior to Sunday's game. It will be part of a Salute to Service celebration.

Olan Andrews II serves in the U.S. Army. He's making the trip from California, where he's stationed at Fort Irwin.

"It will be a good experience for him," Andrews said of his dad. "Just him coming to the game, that's pumping me up."

Andrews ran for a career-high 88 yards in Sunday's win at New Orleans. He's expected to be heavily involved again this week as well.

Andrews said his father, an athlete himself when he was younger, doesn't offer him a whole lot of tips about how to run the football, but he's always encouraged him, he said.

Andrews doesn't plan on giving his father any tips about how to use the sword either. As part of his duties as 12th Titan, Olan Andrews II will run out of the tunnel and hurl the sword into the ground.

"He's pretty solid on all of that,'' Andrews said with a smile. "He handles weapons pretty good."

McCluster gets "the chills"

Titans running back Dexter McCluster was on the practice field last week when interim coach Mike Mularkey approached him and delivered some good news.

Mularkey made McCluster a team captain. He fills the spot formerly held by tackle Taylor Lewan.

"It's the first time in six years I've been a captain,'' said McCluster, who played his first four seasons with the Chiefs. "I've never been the vocal type guy, I've just gone out there and worked hard and it's something he noticed. I'm proud of the fact he noticed that, and that hard work doesn't go unnoticed."

McCluster, who was a captain in college at Ole Miss, said "I kind of got the chills" when Mularkey told him the news.

"I took that as an honor,'' McCluster said. "I was stretching before practice last week – I think Michael Jackson was on (the sound system) – and coach Mularkey told me. I was like, 'Wow.'"

Injury Update

Mularkey ruled out Jason McCourty (groin) on Thursday, and on Friday said the veteran cornerback is weighing his options. McCourty will either have a second surgery after getting opinions on his injury, or he'll continue rehab.

McCourty was in the locker room on Friday.

"I am still compiling information is how I would phrase it,'' McCourty said. "I don't think it will be a tough decision for me – it will probably be cut and dry. It will most likely be decided for me."

On Friday, Mularkey also ruled out receiver Kendall Wright, who missed practice again with a knee injury.

McCluster (ankle) returned to practice and is expected to play. The same goes for linebacker Zach Brown, who missed Thursday with a knee contusion.

Cornerback Perrish Cox (hamstring) and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring) practiced on Friday. Mularkey said Cox will be a game-time decision.


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