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Titans QB Ryan Tannehill Out of the Walking Boot, But Will He Be Back in Action on Sunday vs Texans?


NASHVILLE – Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill showed up at home with a walking boot after Sunday's game vs the Colts, which promoted some questions from his two young children.

Tannehill's four-year-old daughter was especially curious.

"They have all the questions: What's going on? What is this? Why are you wearing that?," Tannehill said with a smile on Wednesday. "My daughter is asking me: Am I going to wear the boot during the football game? I got all types of questions."

The good news is Tannehill, who suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win, was out of the walking boot on Wednesday.

His status for Sunday's game against the Texans is uncertain, however.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said earlier on Wednesday he anticipated the team listing Tannehill as "limited" on today's Injury Report. Tannehill said he's dealing with an "ankle sprain."

Tannehill did not practice on Wednesday, however. 

"I am better than I was after the game," Tannehill told reporters. "I am headed in the right direction. I have a little ways to go, but I've been better, been worse, and I'm headed in the right direction.

"I'm doing everything I can, in the training room here, at home, all types of treatments. Just trying to stay on top of it the best I can and just give my body the best chance to heal."

Tannehill was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game when his right ankle was fallen on by right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, who stumbled and fell backward – and into his quarterback – while blocking Colts defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo.

Tannehill left the game for a play, replaced by back-up quarterback Malik Willis.

After entering the medical tent on the sideline, Tannehill had his ankle taped. He finished the contest, but he admitted after the game he was in discomfort.

On the season, Tannehill has completed 95-of-146 passes for 1,097 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions on the season, for a passer rating of 92.8.

Tannehill needs just one start to become the sixth quarterback to register 50 regular-season starts for the organization. He would join George Blanda, Dan Pastorini, Warren Moon, Steve McNair and Marcus Mariota.

The Titans are 34-15 in Tannehill's 49 career starts with the team.

Willis played three snaps on Sunday against the Colts, but only one at quarterback. On his lone snap at quarterback, Willis handed the ball off. Willis said on Wednesday he's doing his best to prepare for Sunday's game, just like he always does during the practice week.

In addition to Tannehill and Willis on the 53-man roster, the Titans also have quarterback Logan Woodside on the team's practice squad. Vrabel said there are a lot of scenarios the team might consider at the end of the week, based on Tannehill' health.

"Just trying to stay on top of things mentally, just making sure I am taking all the reps that I can mentally – obviously I am not physically getting as many reps as I usually do," Tannehill said. "So just making sure mentally I am going through everything and communicating with the guys and making sure we are all on the same page as we install this game plan and get ready to go."

Kickoff for Sunday's game in Houston is set for 3:05 p.m.

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