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Three Quick Hits from Wednesday's Practice



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

On Sunday, the team will face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Three quick hits after today's practice:

C'Mon Man!

Titans defensive back Valentino Blake was at the right place at the right time on Sunday while covering a punt against the Packers.

He just happened to point in the wrong direction – and it earned him a spot on ESPN's 'C'Mon Man!'

Blake has heard about it since.

A quick explanation: Blake was at the scene when teammate LeShaun Sims recovered a muffed punt at the Green Bay 24-yard line in Sunday's 47-25 win. The only problem is he pointed the wrong direction when relaying news the Titans had recovered.

The folks at ESPN questioned his sense of direction when making light of the play prior to its Monday Night Football telecast. They didn't care that Blake eventually corrected himself in the network's version of a blooper reel.

"Sometimes you get on special teams and you run around so much, you lose sense of direction,'' Blake said with a smile on Wednesday. "I was glad we got the ball. Hey, I'll point the wrong way every time as long as we get the ball.

"I got a little kick out of it. I kind of expected to be on 'C'mon man!' You can't really do too many things these days that don't turn into a viral type of deal. But as long as we are winning, I don't give a (darn). I got a few texts from people back home, and they were laughing. And guys have teased me."

Titans cornerback Jason McCourty said players have given Blake a lot of grief.

"We cracked on him before (it was on 'C'Mon Man!'),'' McCourty said. "He's taken it all in good humor. He is always up for a good laugh."

Titans coach Mike Mularkey was aware of Blake's faux pas. He didn't know what to make of Blake trying to convince officials the ball should be going in Green Bay's direction. 

"I didn't tease him at the time,'' Mularkey said with a smile. "I hear it's funny now, but right after it happened it wasn't funny.

"The first thing I thought of was Jim Marshall," Mularkey continued," referring to the former Vikings defensive lineman who once picked up a football and ran the wrong way with it. "I'm thinking, 'I'm glad he didn't come up with a fumble."

Spain on track

Quinton Spain practiced again on Wednesday and he could return to the starting lineup at left guard for the first time since suffering a knee injury vs. the Colts on October 23.

Spain played three snaps vs Green Bay as Brian Schwenke started at left guard.

"He hasn't missed a significant amount of time,'' Mularkey said of Spain.  "I didn't look at him specifically on every play (today). The plays I did watch him, he looked good. I'm going to watch the practice tape, see how he moved around in everything. So we'll see where he's at tomorrow, especially after a full day of practice."


Running back DeMarco Murray didn't practice on Wednesday. He's been dealing with a sore toe.

"Everybody else was full (practice)," Mularkey said. "We held him out just for precautionary reasons."

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

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