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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 Indianapolis Colts.

Three quick hits after today's practice:

Holy Water healing

Titans defensive lineman Al Woods returned to the practice field this week, and once again he's giving credit to trainers – and holy water.

Woods, who suffered a calf injury on Oct. 2 vs Houston, made a quick recovery.

His secret for coming back so soon: Holy water.

When Woods returned sooner than expected from a high ankle sprain last year, he also credited holy water for its healing powers.

"I did the exact same thing with my calf: Holy water every night before I went to sleep,'' Woods said. "A bunch of people prayed on it. I prayed on it. And all the treatment the training room gave me, it all worked out for the better."

Woods, raised Catholic, said his mother last year provided him with holy water, which she got from church. He regularly rubbed the holy water on the injury, he said, while making the sign of the cross and praying each day.

"It most definitely works,'' Woods said. "My family is very religious, and I pray every night and I put holy water on me before games just to make sure I get out healthy and pray for this team to be OK. I most definitely, most definitely, believe in the power of God."

Woods hopes to be back on the field Sunday.

"I'm still a little rusty from the few weeks off but I got out there and ran and it felt really, really good,'' Woods said. "I feel good and ready to go. … I've been trying to get back out there as soon as possible."

Mariota red zone success

Quarterback Marcus Mariota has been one of the NFL's best passers in the red zone the last two seasons.

In fact, since the beginning of the 2015 campaign, his 113.8 passer rating in the red zone ranks second in the NFL behind only Detroit's Matthew Stafford (119.3).

Mariota is 40-of-63 for 290 yards with 22 touchdowns and no interceptions in his career inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

"Accuracy has a lot to do with it,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "He is very accurate, understands the route concepts, timing of it. Because of his release there's smaller windows down there, less room to throw it. He gets the ball out quickly before the windows can close.

"We work them, and we work those routes a lot. There's a lot that goes into it."

Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie called Mariota's red zone numbers "very impressive." He offered praise to quarterbacks coach Jason Michael for making sure Mariota is prepared.

"We do a lot of work,'' Robiskie said. "We spend a lot of time there, spend a lot of attention there, both on the field and in the classroom."


Cornerback Brice McCain (ankle) and tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session.

"Everybody was full participation,'' Mularkey said after practice.

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

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