NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Titans just wrapped up practice on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
On Sunday, the team will face the Los Angeles Rams at Nissan Stadium. Three quick hits:
Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan leads the team in sacks, and he'll be back on the field this Sunday after missing the previous two games with a knee injury.
"I feel good, man," said Morgan, who has 7.5 sacks on the season. "I feel pretty fresh, too. So I am excited to get back out there."
Morgan returns at a time when the Titans are rolling when it comes to sacks.
Thanks in large part to 26 sacks over the last five games, the Titans are ranked fifth in the NFL with 40 sacks. Getting to Rams quarterback Jared Goff on Sunday will be key.
Morgan knows the Titans need a win, which is what matters most.
"I think everybody understands the position we're in," Morgan said. "This is when you stress to the younger guys that you can't take anything for granted, and take advantage of this time. There's definitely a sense of urgency. You have to play as hard as you can, execute, and play your best to help us get a win.
"The Rams, their whole offense is like a well-oiled machine. It is going to be a challenge, but these are the type teams we are going to have to beat to get to where we want to be."
"Off the chain"
New Titans cornerback Demontre Hurst practiced on Friday after being signed by the team. Hurst replaced LeShaun Sims on the team's 53-man roster. Sims was placed on Injured Reserve because of a hamstring injury.
Hurst, who spent the offseason with the Titans after playing previously with the Bears, had been working out back home in Oklahoma.
"This is the best Christmas present," Hurst said. "I can't complain. I am really happy to be back and get back in the groove of football, and help push this playoff run. So that is the main focus."
Hurst joins the team during a time when a lot is going on in the secondary. Logan Ryan didn't practice again on Friday, and is dealing with an ankle injury. Sims just injured his hamstring this week.
It's a crazy time for Hurst as well. He just got engaged last week, and has a child due next month. He said his fiancée wished him well and was happy for him as he headed back to join an NFL team.
"This Christmas is off the chain," Hurst said with a smile. "But it has been a true blessing to have everything fall into place. I am more than happy right now."
Ryan has missed practice three straight days with the ankle injury, but Titans coach Mike Mularkey isn't ruling him out for Sunday's game.
"We're going to hold off and keep him questionable and see if we can get him for Sunday," Mularkey said. "Other than that, full participation from everybody."
Defensive lineman Karl Klug (groin) returned to practice on Friday after missing the previous two days. He said it was great to be back on the field with his teammates.
TitansOnline.com looks back at the all-time series against the Los Angeles Rams. (AP Photos, Donn Jones)