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Wednesday's Quick Hits: Kenny Vaccaro Prepares to Face Former Team, LB Nigel Harris Fired Up For Promotion, and the Titans Injury Report


NASHVILLE -- The Titans returned to the practice field on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

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

Vaccaro To Face Old Team

Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro played his first five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, and he enjoyed it.

On Sunday, he'll face a lot of his old buddies.

But he's not getting overhyped about it.

"I really have truly been focused on week to week, but now that it's here is it like, 'Oh, wow, we are playing the Saints,'" Vaccaro said on Wednesday. "But I approach it kind of like the way Logan (Ryan) did when we played the Patriots last year. I am not going to make this about me and playing my former team at all, because it is not about that really – it is about us staying in this playoff race.

"I am not worried about, "I used to play there.' I am thankful for the opportunity they gave me and all of the things I learned while I was there from coach (Sean) Payton and all my teammates. But my focus is on winning the game and staying in the playoff race."

Vaccaro has been a key performer in Tennessee's secondary the past two seasons.

After starting 13 games for the Titans in 2018, Vaccaro has started all 14 games for the Titans in 2019 and he's fourth on the team with 92 tackles. Vaccaro had a big interception last week against the Texans.

With a smile, Vaccaro made it clear he's not sure anything he might've learned while competing against Saints quarterback Drew Brees in practices while in New Orleans might help him on Sunday when he faces the hot QB.

Brees completed 29-of-30 passes against the Colts on Monday night, when he also broke Peyton Manning's NFL record for most touchdown passes (541) in NFL history.

"I think Drew has been playing 19 years and he benefits from that," Vaccaro said. "Drew is a Hall of Fame player, everybody knows that, not just me. … I have a lot of respect for him."

Harris Excited About Chance

The Titans promoted linebacker Nigel Harris from the practice squad to the team's active roster on Wednesday, and he's fired up about it.

"You have to pay your dues before you get what you want," Harris said. "I am going to do my job and do it to the best of my ability.

"I hope to bring some tenacity, and some effort and finish, and let the people know I am here."

Harris (6-2, 225) joined the Titans practice squad last season and was added to the active roster for the final two games. This year Harris again was added to the practice squad in October. In 2017, the University of South Florida product saw action in eight total games as a rookie (with Chargers, Giants and Buccaneers) and totaled nine tackles and three special teams stops.

Injury Report

Cornerback Adoree Jackson was back on the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a foot injury in the team's game against the Colts on December 1.

Jackson was listed as limited on the team's Injury Report.

Also, running back Derrick Henry (hamstring) was also on the practice field Wednesday, albeit on a limited basis as well. Henry didn't practice all week leading up to the team's most recent game against the Texans.

In addition to Jackson and Henry, linebacker Daren Bates (shoulder), receiver Corey Davis (ankle), receiver Kalif Raymond (knee) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (knee) were all limited on Wednesday.

Receiver Adam Humphries (ankle) was the only player who did not practice.

The Tennessee Titans practice on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)

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