Three Quick Hits from Friday's Practice


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans just wrapped up practice on Christmas Day at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Houston Texans.

Three quick hits after today's practice:

Lewan as Santa
Titans second-year tackle Taylor Lewan played the role of Santa Claus at the team's annual Christmas party.

He even bought some new boots to go with the outfit, which was upgraded, following Santa's request.

"That stuff is really fun to do, for kids to get excited about Santa,'' Lewan said on Friday. "And it's fun to kind of buy into a character and somewhat act, I guess."

Lewan scared some babies.

"I had something like seven kids cry on me,'' Lewan said. "The idea of holding a baby… I know Jamon Meredith's two-year-old definitely wanted no part of Santa, but it got better."

He was baffled by the requests of some of the older kids.

"Kids these days want segways and iPads and stuff like that,'' Lewan said. "When I was like, 8, I wanted a (Coyotes) hockey jersey. I hope (Santa) delivered. I gave the list to the big dog upstairs and hopefully everything came true.

"Honestly, it was a blast. I love doing it for the kids, for the families here. It was pretty awesome."

Tanney ready
Quarterback Alex Tanney rejoined the Titans earlier this week after being signed off the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.

"I am excited,'' Tanney said. "I feel like I had a really good understanding of the system when I left, so an opportunity to come back to be a No.2 and possibly see the field, I was excited for the opportunity.

With Marcus Mariota out, Tanney (6-4, 220) will be the back-up behind starter Zach Mettenberger on Sunday.

He signed with the Titans for the final two games of the 2014 season and remained with the team through training camp this year. He was waived following preseason, and spent time on the practice squad with both Buffalo and Indianapolis. Tanney has been on the roster of a number of NFL teams, including Kansas City, Dallas and Cleveland, but he has not played in a regular season game.

If Mettenberger is injured Sunday, Tanney will be the guy.

"I am one play away, but I'll just continue to do the things I've done,'' Tanney said. "I've been preparing like I always do."

Injury Report
Marcus Mariota (knee) was officially ruled out for Sunday's game.

Receiver Kendall Wright (ribs), safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) and defensive lineman Sammie Hill (knee) all practiced again on Friday, and they're probable for Sunday's game.

Tight end Delanie Walker (hamstring) and receiver Harry Douglas (ankle) were added to the injury report, but they are probable after being limited in practice.


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