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Three Quick Hits from Friday's Practice


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

On Sunday, the team will face the Indianapolis Colts.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


Shaw's appreciation**

Tim Shaw feels the love.

The former Titans linebacker, diagnosed with ALS in 2014, said on Friday he's been touched by the show of support from the organization, especially in recent months.

Shaw said Titans coach Mike Mularkey let him in on the team's fundraising efforts for ALS after scoring touchdowns.

Maybe you've noticed: After touchdowns this season, Titans players have been giving the footballs to children in the crowd, both on the road and at Nissan Stadium.

Mularkey is keeping track, and at the end of the year he'll make a donation to the ALS Association. The Titans Foundation will match Mularkey's donation. Already, a five-figure total has been raised for ALS. Mularkey said he wanted to do it for Shaw.

"When coach told me about that, it just really meant a lot to me,'' Shaw said. "But all the stuff they have been doing for me, it has really been humbling.

"It is one thing to tell someone, 'Hey man, I support you. Hey, I am here for you. Hey, I'll do anything for you.' The Titans are actually doing that, and I can't tell you how much it means to me."

Shaw was at practice again on Friday. During training camp, the Titans signed Shaw to a contract, making him a "Titan for Life." Shaw has a locker at Saint Thomas Sports Park, and he's also attended games.

Mularkey said he wanted to do something in Nashville to reward Titans fans after touchdowns, while also bringing attention ALS. According to the ALS Association, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS eventually leads to death. Patients in the latter stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

"I feel like I am a part of the team, and I don't take that for granted. It is a very cool experience,'' Shaw said. "And the Titans have done more than their part to raise awareness for ALS.

"But to me, the goal is not necessarily to raise awareness for ALS, but to be living for something greater than yourself. For coach (Mularkey) and the organization to treat me like they have, really what they are saying is there are things that are more important than this game of football. The game is important, and it means a lot to people. As a former player, I know that. But coach is showing these guys there are some things that are even more important than football. And the way they have treated me around here, it means so much to me."

Welcome back

The Titans will welcome back over 60 former players this weekend as part of the team's second annual Homecoming Weekend.

Mularkey said the players are scheduled to attend Saturday's walkthrough, "and it will be good to have them interact with our guys.

"They have earned the right to be here, and have a weekend for them,'' Mularkey said. "Hopefully we can put on a good show for them and get a win for them."

Titans cornerback Jason McCourty said he's looking forward to spending time with the former Titans.

"It is definitely an awesome experience to see those guys," McCourty said. "A lot of those guys laid the foundation before we got here, and for me it is a little extra special because I have been here for so many years. I went and looked at the list of guys scheduled to be here and I played with a ton of them.

"So it is real cool to see them come back."


Cornerback Brice McCain (ankle) and tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle) practiced again on Friday and are good to go for Sunday's game vs. the Colts.

Defensive lineman Al Woods also practiced after missing the last two games with a calf injury.

"Everybody is healthy,'' Mularkey said after practice. "Al was flying around. A lot of energy, even today." looks back at the all-time series with the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photos)

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