Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak ended training camp a day early on Monday, giving players Tuesday off in order to get them ready for a regular-season-like dress rehearsal.
“We gave some thought to it and we are going to give them off tomorrow. We won’t have practice tomorrow,” Munchak said, “so they moved up the fun they like to have with the rookies to today and that’s why I wanted to get a good work out in today so tomorrow will just be a chance for everyone to kind of take a break for a day.”
It will not be an off day for the coaches, however, who will take Tuesday as a normal game-planning type day since Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Bears will serve as preparation for how the regular season will work.
“It’s going to give the coaches a chance to look over things and kind of game plan for Chicago and players will get a chance like it’s a Tuesday off during the week to catch their breath and get the treatment they need,” Munchak said. “And then we have three long days where we are going to give them a full practice like we would in the season. We will get three good work days in so it will be good to take a break here after going through the training camp and the first two preseason games, let them get their feet under them and come back Wednesday ready to go. “
Some players got some extra time off, including starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who got an extra day of rest after being upended and having the wind knocked out of him in Saturday’s 17-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Hasselbeck will practice Wednesday. The Titans are also hopeful that running back Javon Ringer (hip), tackle David Stewart (hamstring), receiver Kenny Britt (hamstring) and linebacker Barrett Ruud (shoulder) may be able to practice on Wednesday.
In addition to those, end Derrick Morgan was given a day off after he felt a bit of tightness in his surgically repaired left knee Saturday night. It is not believed to be an issue, however.
Additionally, end Pannel Egboh missed practice with a groin injury.
Center Kevin Matthews (ankle) and defensive end Jason Jones (knee) remain sidelined.
On the good news side, defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (shoulder) took part in team drills Monday and could play against the Bears.
In addition to camp breaking early, it also meant a day early for the rookie hazing. Undrafted receiver Joseph Hills got the worst of it as he was taped to a goalpost then showered with ice cold water.