Chris Johnson was limited to individual work and a few plays in walk-throughs in Wednesday's practice because of his injured right ankle.
But the Tennessee Titans still expect him to play Saturday when the Jacksonville Jaguars come to town.
“CJ was out here and looked better than I thought as far as running around. He didn't do much as far as practice stuff. He did individual stuff. He was dressed out,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “He ran better, but we'll have to see tomorrow.”
Munchak said Johnson's workload will pick up on Thursday and that he anticipates Johnson will play after suffering the injury late in Sunday's game at Indianapolis.
"We're assuming he is (playing). Tomorrow he'll have to do some more heavy stuff, cutting and things like that and see how he responds to it. Today was encouraging,” Munchak said. “I thought he'd be sorer than was he was today and with what he was asked to do. He's progressing like we hoped he would. We'll see how he is when he starts cutting. If he doesn't have any soreness for that, we should be in good shape.”
Munchak said there is a chance that Johnson might not handle the full load against the Jaguars and that rookie Jamie Harper could see a few more carries if need be. Also, the Titans are using fullback Ahmard Hall as a ball-carrying option as well.
“Depending on what CJ's situation is, we're assuming Harper may get more carries than he normally would. We're assuming CJ will be somewhat not himself,” Munchak said.
As for other injuries, Matt Hasselbeck practiced for a second straight day with his injured calf and said he needs to get over the mental part of the injury as much as anything. Hasselbeck is expected to be fine and is not listed on the injury report.
“From a week ago, it's a lot better. It's one of those things that is definitely going to get better as I go,” Hasselbeck said. “But I've got to be mentally tougher about it and get it out of my mind a little bit and let the other people worry about that.”
Patrick Bailey was limited with his hamstring injury, while linebacker Gerald McRath (knee/ankle) was held out of practice. Defensive end Dave Ball missed practice to be with his wife, who went into labor with the couple's third child.