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Hope cleared to return to practice

Tennessee Titans safety Chris Hope will be cleared for practice this week, after suffering a broken forearm against the Cleveland Browns back on Oct. 2.

Hope had a plate inserted into the left forearm and has been working to make his way back into the lineup.

Coach Mike Munchak was somewhat non-committal as to whether Hope, who has been a starter ever since he joined the Titans in 2006, will return to the starting lineup immediately.

Jordan Babineaux has been starting since Hope has been sidelined and also started a game earlier this season when Hope was bothered by a shoulder injury.

“He should be able to start practicing again,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We will see where he is at as far as if he can help us on Sunday or not.

“I think a lot of that has to do with how he is doing health wise. He hasn’t played since the Cleveland game so it’s hard to say. He hasn’t practiced yet or done anything on the field yet, so he is a little ways off in determining how much he can help us.”

Even if Hope is not ready for full-time duty, he could help in spot action since the Titans play a lot of different looks and personnel groupings under Jerry Gray.

“He is at a position where he can be worked in a certain amount of plays also. It’s not like he is playing offensive line or quarterback where you can’t just roll him in there,” Munchak said. “He is playing a position where depending on where his health is, Babineaux did for him when Babineaux rolled in started working plays.

“It will just be a matter of what Jerry wants to do. First of all Chris’ health will be the number one deal this week and how much he does practice this week, and is he ready to come in and actually play and help us win an actual football game or not.”

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