NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans just wrapped up practice on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
On Sunday, the team will face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Three quick hits after today's Thanksgiving Day practice:
Kevin Dodd's mindset
Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd's rookie season hasn't gone as he envisioned, but he's working through the adversity knowing better days are ahead.
"I am going to keep working," Dodd said, "and wait for my number to be called."
A second-round draft pick by the Titans out of Clemson, Dodd has played in nine games this season, with one start. He has nine tackles on the season, and one sack.
Dodd, who had foot surgery during the offseason and has dealt with lingering issues with the injury, was inactive this past Sunday against the Colts.
"We had a discussion about the way he's practicing, the way he's playing right now—more of how he practiced last week,'' coach Mike Mularkey said of Dodd earlier in the week. "We need to see better from him in all areas, whether it's on the defense or the look squad. He needs to just pick his play up a little bit, and he will this week."
Dodd admitted he's been frustrated by the injury, but he's motivated to keep getting better. "I expected to come in here and tear things up,'' Dodd said of his rookie season. "I had high expectations for myself. But my injury limited my ability to play and do what I want. But I am going to continue to fight to get to the top.
"Everybody has been really positive and encouraging, and wants to see me do well."
Left tackle Taylor Lewan returned to the practice field on Thursday, and said afterward he's optimistic about his chances of playing vs. the Bears. "I think I'll be 100 percent on Sunday,'' Lewan said.
Lewan was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts, and was replaced in the lineup by Dennis Kelly.
Lewan was limited in practice, Mularkey said. Kelly has gotten snaps with the first team offense during the week.
"He is doing better and better,'' Mularkey said of Lewan. "Hopefully he'll get some more work tomorrow and we'll go in to Saturday and see where he's at. We'll evaluate him more tomorrow."
Running back DeMarco Murrray (foot) and cornerback Brice McCain (knee) returned to the practice field on Thursday after being held out on Wednesday. Murray and McCain were full participants, Mularkey said.
Tight end Phillip Supernaw did not practice on Thursday and remains in the concussion protocol.
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