Defensive end William Hayes said he was ready last week in the preseason finale.
The Titans played it cautious with his sprained knee.
But Hayes took part in practice for the first time since suffering the injury on Aug. 11, practicing in Monday's closed workout and says he believes he will be able to play when the Titans host the Oakland Raiders Sunday at LP Field to open the regular season.
“I feel like I'm a go,” Hayes said. “Today was a pretty good day. You're always going to have a couple of little aches and pains, but for the most part, I felt pretty good.”
Hayes is still wearing a brace on his right knee when he practices, but indicated that his motion was not really restricted as he went through Monday's workout.
“I felt real fluid today. I moved real well. There were a couple of little things that bothered me today, but it was nothing major,” he said.
With the regular season now here, Coach Jeff Fisher is being tight-lipped about injuries. The first full injury report will be released after Wednesday's practice.