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Thursday's Quick Hits: Jurrell Casey One Away From 50 Sacks, Tramaine Brock Fitting In and the Titans Injury Report


NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Thursday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Here's a look at three quick hits from Thursday:

Jurrell Casey Aims for 50th Sack

Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey remembers his first sack well.

It came during his rookie season in 2011, against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

"My first sack was against Big Ben, up in Pittsburgh," Casey said. "It was actually an amazing sack. I thought I was going to miss him. I hit him so hard I thought I was going to dislocate my shoulder – that guy is big as hell. But with the second effort I ended up getting him down and it was definitely an exciting experience."

On Sunday in Oakland, Casey needs one sack to record the 50th of his career. He'd become the seventh player in franchise history to reach 50 sacks, and only the second in the "Titans" era, with Jevon Kearse being the other.

"I thought about it at the beginning of the season, and thought I would've probably hit the mark already," said Casey, who recorded his third sack of the year on Sunday vs. the Colts. "It's definitely not the way I would love to see the season go for myself personally (from a sack standpoint). But at the end of the day they keep on piling on and as long as I am here, I am going to (keep trying to get sacks).

"It is hard to get (sacks) and knowing how many I have missed during my career, just to be sitting at the 49-mark is unbelievable and it just shows how much work and dedicated I put into this game."

Injury Report

The Titans added receiver A.J. Brown to the Injury Report on Thursday with a calf injury – he was limited in today's practice.

Cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson (foot) and LeShaun Sims (ankle) did not practice again on Thursday, and neither did receiver Adam Humphries (ankle) and linebacker Daren Bates (shoulder). All four players missed Wednesday's session as well.

Running back Derrick Henry (hamstring) returned to practice and was limited.

Center Ben Jones (thumb) was limited in today's session for the second day in a row.

Receiver Tajae Sharpe (hamstring), meanwhile, was listed as a full participant for the second day in a row, and receiver Corey Davis also practiced in full after being excused from practice on Wednesday.

Brock Blending In

With Jackson and Sims sidelined, new Titans cornerback Tramaine Brock continues to get good work.

The Titans claimed the former Cardinals defensive back off waivers after he was released on Monday.

"He still looks quick, had good transition through the individual drills and the stuff that we were covering focusing on first and second down. I think we'll see a little bit more today with the third-down stuff and a little bit more passing game," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Brock, who has registered 11 interceptions, 53 passes defensed and 246 tackles in 113 games of NFL experience over 10 seasons.

"I mean, he's a pro. This is a self-made player. Went to a small college, kind of earned his way into this league. I certainly respect that journey. He's a professional. He understands what it takes. Like we talked about yesterday, hopefully the guys and everybody is trying to help him along."

A 10-year veteran, the 6-foot, 188-pound Brock recorded 37 tackles and three passes defensed in 10 games, with seven starts, with the Cardinals this season. He played for the Broncos in 2018 and the Vikings in 2017 after playing from 2010-2016 with the San Francisco 49ers. He started 31 of 32 games in 2015 and 2016 with the 49ers.

The Tennessee Titans practice on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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