NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan was a full participant for the second day in a row on Friday, and his chances of playing on Sunday in the season opener against the Dolphins are now looking good.
"What can I say, man?," Morgan said. "God is a healer."
Morgan, who led the Titans with 7.5 sacks in 2017, appeared on the team's Injury Report this week with a knee injury.
Morgan missed practice time in recent weeks, but he returned at the start of the week.
Coach Mike Vrabel complimented Morgan for his work in rehabilitation, and putting himself in a position to return. He's expected to join outside linebackers Brian Orakpo, Kamalie Correa, Aaron Wallace and Sharif Finch among the available edge rushers for Sunday.
"However I can be available for the team, that's what I am going to do," Morgan said. "I am happy about (the season), looking forward to it, and ready to get going.
"I am confident. The biggest thing coming back off of injury is confidence, and being able to test it out, and see how it feels. Throughout the week we did a good job with the training staff with the workload and the approach, entering back into practice, and we stayed the course, and everything went according to plan."
Pre-game pep talk?
Vrabel said he's looking forward to his first game as head coach, but said it probably won't hit him until right before kickoff.
"Probably about the time when they start singing the National Anthem, the flyover probably," Vrabel said on Friday. "And then we'll decide if we're taking the ball, or if we're going to kick off."
So, will Vrabel be a big pre-game pep talk guy?
It doesn't sound like it. He said he'll probably reiterate the message from the week, and expects players to be plenty motivated.
"So we go out like 18 minutes before the game," Vrabel said. "What, do you want me to head-butt somebody 18 minutes (beforehand)? It is going to wear off between the time I give the pep talk and the … National Anthem and the flyover and (the players) getting announced. I think (any pep talk) is going to lose its luster after 18 minutes."
The Titans ruled out four players for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Rookie linebacker Harold Landry (ankle), right tackle Jack Conklin (knee), linebacker Rashaan Evans (hamstring) and safety Kendrick Lewis (foot) did not practice on Friday and have been ruled out.
The Tennessee Titans take the field for practice on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)