Tennessee Titans defensive end Dave Ball continues to be out for what the team termed as “personal reasons,” and will not accompany the team to Dalton, Ga., Monday for joint workouts with the Atlanta Falcons.
A league source indicated to TitanInsider that Ball is suffering from “concussion-like” symptoms and likely stemmed from a hit to the face he took in Thursday night's practice. Ball has not practiced since.
Ball has had a history of concussions and has missed time the past two seasons due to the ailment.
Ball indicated last year that he had thoughts of retiring from football because of a concussion that cost him two games in 2011.
According to a source, Ball is “day-to-day” in his recovery, but had not yet given any thoughts to retiring.
Elsewhere on the injury front, defensive end Derrick Morgan and tackle David Stewart were both held out after experiencing knee soreness.
Morgan is expected to return and practice Monday against the Falcons, while Stewart is more of a question mark to participate, according to Coach Mike Munchak.
The Titans got another scare on the injury front on Sunday when rookie first-round pick Kendall Wright got his left knee twisted awkwardly on a hit from Tommie Campbell.
Ironically, Wright said he felt better after the knee popped.
“It's all right. My knee was already hurting before practice, so it actually made it feel better,” Wright said. “It was just sore, and it just popped. After I got up, it felt much better.”
Center Kevin Matthews remains out with a concussion, while tight end Brandon Barden is out with a hamstring injury.