Three Quick Hits from Thursday's OTA Practice



NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Titans just wrapped another day of organized team activities at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Three quick hits out of practice:


Kevin Dodd surgery**

Outside linebacker Kevin Dodd had foot surgery on Thursday morning.

"It is preventative,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "It's not major. He is going to miss the OTAs and the veteran minicamp (next month) but he should be back for training camp. I think it was smart on all of our sides to get it done now."

Dodd, the team's second-round pick out of Clemson, had some soreness out of the rookie minicamp earlier this month. The Titans did additional tests on his right foot, and decided to take care of the injury now to be safe. Dodd was on the practice field on Tuesday.

"He'll miss some initial days here because he'll be on crutches,'' Mularkey said of Dodd. "But as soon as he can support his weight he'll be out here and at least get some visual work with it. But obviously any time you are out it puts you behind."

Cunningham Practices

The Titans claimed former Giants and Jets tight end Jerome Cunningham off waivers on Wednesday, and he was on the practice field on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Cunningham on Tuesday was waived by the Jets, who claimed him off waivers from the Giants two weeks ago. A 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, Cunningham played in nine games last season and caught eight passes for 59 yards, with a long catch of 16 yards.

"It's been a very eventful few weeks,'' said Cunningham, "but that's the name of the game and I signed up for it."

The Titans were officially awarded Cunningham off waivers at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Cunningham hopped on a plane from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, and arrived in Nashville at 1 a.m.

"I grabbed as much as I could really quick and got here,'' Cunningham said. "It's beneficial for me to come here and get to meet my coaches and teammates and practice as soon as possible. Chances are limited and I want to make the most of my opportunity. I am excited to be here."

Riley's back

The Titans signed Fresno State defensive back Curtis Riley as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State last offseason, and he made a number of plays in his first year with the team.

Riley then suffered a broken left ankle in training camp last August, underwent surgery, and was lost for the season.

Now he's back, and on Thursday he hauled in an interception.

"It feels great to be back,'' Riley said. "Last year, sitting out and watching everybody go to practice and play in games, it was rough. But I have a chip on my shoulder coming back and I want to go out there and make plays."

Riley said he feels 100 percent. He's much more comfortable in Year 2, he said.

"I stayed in my playbook so I could come in this year and know exactly what I am doing,'' Riley said. "I actually had to learn safety this year, so this year I am able to go full throttle. I feel comfortable at either position, so whatever position they put me in I'll be ready."

Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 3 of OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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