Tennessee Titans defensive end Dave Ball said his latest concussion won't lead to retirement.
Ball has been out for more than a week with a concussion that came as a result of a broken nose in practice.
“I took a shot to the face. It actually went through my face mask and broke my nose,” Ball said.
The defensive end has had concussions in each of the past two seasons, and last year admitted that he contemplated retiring after a head injury.
“I'm fully committed and ready to get back out there. That's one thing I am just trying to get back as soon as possible,” Ball said.
Ball said his goal is to finish what he started this season.
“I want to play all 18 holes, and right now I'm in the sand on the third hole,” he said.
Ball won't make the trip to Seattle for the preseason opener as he recovers.
Other players who did not practice on Thursday and won't make the trip include cornerback Terrence Wheatley (hamstring), tight end Brandon Barden (hamstring) and linebacker Alex Watkins (foot).
Guard Leroy Harris was held out of practice with knee stiffness, but will accompany the team to Seattle and should play. Tackle David Stewart (knee) and linebacker Gerald McRath (knee) both returned to practice Thursday after being out Wednesday.