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Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice


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

On Sunday, the team will face the Cleveland Browns.

Three quick hits after today's practice:


LeBeau on Pryor**

Dick LeBeau didn't know it at the time, but the Titans defensive coordinator began scouting one of this week's biggest threats nearly 10 years ago.

Browns do-it-all receiver Terrelle Pryor was a star athlete at Jeannette High School in Pennsylvania when LeBeau was with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And LeBeau used to watch Pryor's games on television. Pryor became the first player in Pennsylvania history to run for 4,000 yards and also throw for 4,000 yards.

"He was on television about every night up there,'' LeBeau said of Pryor. "They never lost, and they were pretty big news with him. He is a heck of an athlete. I watched that young man in high school and he would play quarterback for a state championship football team, and when they got down where they needed a key reception he would go out and play receiver. And I never saw anybody stop him either place. He has been doing that all his life.

"He is a very gifted athlete and can go the distance on any given snap."

Pryor, who went on to star at Ohio State, leads the Browns with 24 catches for 338 yards and a touchdown. He has also rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown, and completed four passes for 40 yards.

The Browns have used Pryor in "Wildcat" formations at quarterback.

Pryor was a two-time Pennsylvania Player of the Year in high school, and he was also a star basketball player.

He made a lasting impression on the 79-year-old LeBeau.

"We had a coach on our staff (in Pittsburgh), Dick Hoak, who was from (Pryor's hometown), and he said, 'There's a freshman up here you can't believe,'' LeBeau recalled on Thursday. "So I monitored him through high school and guess what? You can hardly believe what he did.

"Any given play, he can go all the way."


Facing Kessler**

Cody Kessler will start at quarterback for the Browns, coach Hue Jackson said Thursday.

Kessler, who suffered bruised ribs and missed the final three quarters of Sunday's loss to New England, practiced again on Thursday in Cleveland.

"I kind of anticipated that,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "I mean, I don't know the extent of the injury to (Josh) McCown, but I think just a gut feeling said (Cody) Kessler would be the guy.

"I think he's a smart quarterback. I think what they're doing, like any good offensive coordinator and head coach with Hue (Jackson), is do what he does best, get the ball out of his hands, let some of the guys he's got around him make the yards. Don't put a lot of pressure on him for a rookie to have to make plays—not have to make him win the game. Let other guys do that. I think that's what he's built to do already, but I would think that's their intent."


Safety Da'Norris Searcy practiced for the second straight day, and Mularkey said he expects him  to play on Sunday against the Browns.

Cornerback Cody Riggs (hamstring) and tackle Taylor Lewan (shoulder) remain on the injury report, but both players practiced. Riggs was limited, however. Punter Brett Kern (illness) returned to practice after missing Wednesday.

Defensive lineman Al Woods (calf) did not practice on Thursday.

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

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