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McCarthy practices; Britt limited

Linebacker Colin McCarthy returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a right ankle injury against the New England Patriots in the season opener.

As the middle linebacker, McCarthy is the defensive signal caller and has also been Tennessee's top playmaker in preseason. He said he believed teammates were relieved to see him back out there on Wednesday.

“I think today with me being back out there, guys felt more comfortable. They were happy to have me back and I”m happy to be back. I'm jus preparing and getting ready for Sunday,” McCarthy said.

Coach Mike Munchak concurred with McCarthy's assessment.

“He hasn’t played in a month, which is hard. It’s good to have your leader back, the guy that is your team leader on defense, your guy that makes plays for us,” Munchak said. “Communication, there are so many things he does for us that we’ve missed. It’s going to be great to have him back in the lineup.”

Receiver Kenny Britt, who missed last week's game with Houston with an ankle injury, was limited to individual work on Wednesday.

“He just came out and did individual,” Munchak said. “He’s taking the next step as far as being on the field, running again. Again, an ankle—how he responds tomorrow, how much more he can do tomorrow. There’s no doubt he’s going to have to improve the next couple of days so he can help us on Sunday. At least he’s heading in the right direction.”

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