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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 travel to Cleveland to face the Browns.

Three quick hits:


The bodyguard**

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota absorbed a late hit after throwing a touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor on Monday night, and guard Quinton Spain didn't like it.

As Mariota made his way downfield to celebrate, Spain made his way toward Colts defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins, who was flagged for roughing the passer.

Then Mariota stepped in front of Spain, and shut it down.

So, what did Mariota tell Spain?

"He just told me, "Be smart, we just scored,'" Spain said with a smile on Wednesday. "I didn't know we'd scored, and I was going back there to protect him. I was going back there to do what I do -- protect my quarterback."

It was a made-for-TV moment as Mariota grabbed Spain, and pointed for him to turn around and go the other way.

Mariota said he appreciated Spain coming to his defense.

"First of all, I appreciated the fact he had my back," Mariota said of Spain. "I was just telling him we scored, and there's no reason to get involved. When you have a guy like that, an offensive line that cares, it's a privilege to play quarterback for them. I am very thankful for it. It's nice to have a group of guys that want the best for you and best for the team.

"Looking back, it was funny. But those guys care so much and I appreciate it."

Spain said he'll do it again.

"You have to protect your quarterback no matter what," Spain said. "I felt like in that situation (the defender) could have let up, but he didn't. I felt like it was a weak move. Marcus thanked me, but he told me to be smart. I said OK, and ran downfield."


Davis update**

Receiver Corey Davis talked to reporters at his locker after practice.

The first-round pick, who has been out since Week Two with a hamstring injury, said it's been tough not playing.

On Tuesday, Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Davis won't play against the Browns.

"I am taking it day by day, and trying to get back as soon as possible," Davis said. "I feel like I am close, but I am taking it one day at a time. I am doing everything I can in rehab to get back out there as soon as possible.

"It is frustrating. I want to do everything I can to help this team out and right now me getting healthy is the main thing."


Running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday, and is "day to day."

Linebacker Derrick Morgan (abdominal strain) also didn't practice, and Mularkey called him "day to day" as well.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo was given a day off.

In addition to Davis (hamstring), and safety Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring) also isn't expected to play vs. the Browns.

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

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