Three Quick Hits from Monday's Practice

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

Three quick hits:

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Dodd, Wallace ready to go**

Step by step, Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd is getting closer to playing in his first NFL game.

The same can be said for fellow linebacker Aaron Wallace.

It should happen on Saturday when the Titans face the Raiders in the third preseason game.

"I am definitely excited to be able to get out there and compete with the rest of the defense,'' Dodd said. "I'm ready to see where I'm at. It is going to be eye-opening for all of us."

The Titans officially activated Dodd from the Physically Unable to Perform list last week, when he practiced for the first time in training camp. Dodd had foot surgery this offseason.

Wallace suffered an ankle injury on the first day in pads, and hasn't played in the first two preseason games either. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said both players will need to get in game shape.

Wallace couldn't have picked a better week to return. His father, Aaron Wallace, Sr., was selected in the second round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Raiders, and he played eight seasons in the league.

"It is going to be my first action out there as a Titan and I am from California, so I'll have some family there to see," Wallace said. "So it is going to be a real special moment for all of us."

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Tretota talk**

Titans rookie lineman Sebastian Tretola has improved in recent weeks, per Mularkey, and he could get opportunities with the first group at left guard. He got some on Monday in a walk-through period, along with Brian Schwenke.

Tretola, a sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, said he's much more comfortable now compared to earlier this offseason.

"It is definitely starting to slow down,'' Tretola said. "Obviously, making that transition (to the NFL) is huge. For a lot of guys it's easy, for other guys you have to come into it. It was fast, up-tempo at first, but it is definitely starting to slow down.

"I know my plays, I know my playbook and I am seeing things now … and it is making the game a lot easier."

Injuries

Receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring), cornerback Perrish Cox (ankle), linebacker Curtis Grant (ankle), tight end Craig Stevens (personal), and center Andy Gallik did not practice.

Cornerback Jason McCourty (hip flexor) and Andrew Turzilli (groin, finger) returned to practice.

Mularkey called Wright doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Raiders.

Titans tidbits

Mularkey said the starters are expected to play a half on Saturday.

Titans players take the field for Monday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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