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Wednesday injuries: Hayes in individuals

Defensive end William Hayes admits he is frustrated by a knee injury that cost him all the preseason and kept him out of the season opener last week against Oakland.

As the Titans ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hayes admits that it is frustrating to watch and not practice and play. He was ready to return when he tweaked the right knee again last Thursday. He originally suffered the injury on Aug. 11.

"It's very frustrating, but everybody else is playing real good right now. When I get healthy, I'll get back in the rotation, and I'll be able to make an impact," Hayes said.

Hayes did a little bit on Wednesday and was limping after the workout, something he attributed to a tight back.

"I worked individuals today and then wanted to see how I feel. My lower back started tightening up on me, but it's nothing major. I feel fine," Hayes said.

When Hayes does return, the Titans will be crowded at end where Jason Babin, Dave Ball, Jacob Ford and rookie Derrick Morgan all played well against Oakland.

"It's a good problem to have," Coach Jeff Fisher said of trying to find playing time for all five.
Defensive tackle Tony Brown was given Wednesday off, the same as last week for the Titans. Brown was listed as "not injury related" after playing 42 snaps last week in the opening 38-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Brown is being given extra rest days early in the year as he is still coming back from off-season knee surgery that landed him on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.

Also, offensive lineman Mike Otto remains sidelined with a knee injury suffered in the preseason.

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