Titans Have Physical Practice Before Hall of Fame Game




NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** The Titans practiced in full pads on Thursday, raising the intensity level during a hot afternoon at Baptist Sports Park.

From the early one-on-one drills to full team action later on in the day, the players were fully intent on getting back in the groove of hitting prior to Sunday's preseason opener against Buffalo in the Hall of Fame Game.

"We had a physical practice today and we're going to begin to recover, get our legs back and pay particular attention to the Buffalo Bills and get ready to play a game," head coach Jeff Fisher said.

It is important for the Titans, who started training camp later than many teams but have their first preseason game a week earlier, to be fully comfortable back in pads, center Leroy Harris said.

"I think we like that, everybody likes to get contact," said Harris. "Going full pads is fun. It gives you a more realistic look at everything."

Only a week into camp, players already are looking forward to hitting a different opponent.

"It's always fun going against other teams, seeing different things and it gives you a more diverse look at all the schemes out there," linebacker Stanford Keglar said.

The Titans are expected to have a lighter load at practice on Friday, but a full day of game-planning as they begin focusing on the Bills.

"They knew ahead of time that this was going to be the day to turn the week over," Fisher said. "We got a lot done. I think the last three days we've really come together. We needed to get out there and push each other around a little bit before we play the ballgame."

INJURY UPDATE: First round pick, wide receiver Kenny Britt, should be removed from the physically unable to perform list tomorrow, but will not play in Sunday's Hall of Fame game, Fisher said. He should be back up to full speed by early next week and available for the Titans' second preseason game.

Cornerback Nick Harper rested today and running back LenDale White fought through the flu. Wide receiver Paul Williams and safety Nick Schommer were back at practice.

Linebacker Colin Allred, defensive end Jacob Ford, Britt and center Kevin Mawae will not play in Sunday's game, while wide receiver Mark Jones still hasn't been ruled out, Fisher noted.

A LITTLE R&R: After a grueling Tuesday in which the team practiced twice, players were given part of yesterday off. Players only had meetings, lifted weights and conducted a light walk-through.

Still, it was a much needed break, they said.

"It was a good chance in the morning to sleep in a little bit, but we still came in and got a good walkthrough, got some mental reps and put some new things in," Harris said. "It was a good day to get mentally and physically rested."

While there was an opportunity for the players to get some extra sleep, stay off their feet and relax before a big finish to the week, some players took advantage of the extra time to get some additional work done.

"Yesterday was a sit back and learn day," rookie linebacker Gerald McRath said. "You sit back and get a chance to dissect the film from past few days. It was one of those days that was a coachable day. I feel like I got better from watching the film. I know better now what I need to work on from here on out."

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