NASHVILLE, Tenn- Tajae Sharpe's wait is over – the Titans have removed the receiver from the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.
Sharpe suffered a foot injury in June, and had surgery. He's been rehabbing the injury since. On Monday morning, Sharpe passed a physical and was cleared to begin practicing with the team.
"We're going to take him out for a good workout and then discuss what we want to do with him,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said on Sunday. "But, he looks real good. Tajaé (Sharpe) has done everything above and beyond what we've asked him to do to come back from that injury."
A fifth-round pick from Massachusetts last year, Sharpe made a nice contribution in his rookie season. He played in all 16 games – with 10 starts – and hauled in 41 passes for 522 yards and two touchdowns.
He became one of four rookies in the "Titans era" to tally at least 500 receiving yards.
He told Titans Online recently he's anxious to return.
"I miss being out there with my teammates, just grinding through every day with them," Sharpe said. "That is what hurts the most, having to watch them grind day in and day out. But I have no choice but to be patient.
"I am feeling good, getting better and better every day. I'm just trying to take it a day at a time and trying to be patient. I know when I get out there I am going to go 110 percent, but I have to make sure I am 110 percent healthy first so when I get out there I am going to be ready."
In recent weeks Sharpe began running, and increasing his workload while rehabbing the injury.
Sharpe has seen plenty of changes around him in the past year. The team drafted receivers Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor in this past year's NFL Draft, and signed veteran Eric Decker in free agency. Rishard Matthews, the team's leading receiver a year ago, is back, along with veteran Harry Douglas.
Sharpe said he likes the group, and can't wait to join them.
"We are looking real good,'' Sharpe said. "I am happy with what I am seeing from the guys. The guys are improving each and every day and it's great to see. The more weapons we have in our room the better, so guys are doing a great job competing day in and day out. We are making some plays and just growing as a group each and every day. So it's a good thing to see. Hopefully before too long I'll be out there."
On Monday, the Titans also waived defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad.
The Tennessee Titans take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 of the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones Photography, AP)