Nate Washington wasn't on the practice field on Thursday so much as he was around it for the Tennessee Titans.
Washington spent much of practice walking around the field, testing his injured left ankle and trying to get ready for Sunday's game with the New Orleans Saints. Washington might be able to practice by Friday.
“I think we're hoping that tomorrow will be the day he can get on the field and do some things. Mentally, he's been into it, helping other guys and making comments and helping with practice. He did all the walk-through stuff. It'll be nice to have him out tomorrow,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
Washington said he felt better on Thursday and is progressing.
“I feel better today, and I felt better yesterday than I did the day before. So it's just a matter of making sure I'm putting the extra work in. I feel pretty good. I just have to make sure I'm ready for Sunday,” he said.
The Titans other injuries are more of the wait-and-see variety. Cornerback Jason McCourty missed a second straight day with a concussion, though the Titans increased his activity to see how he responds.
“He worked out a little bit more today, so we'll see how he felt from that and kind of re-evaluate tomorrow. We hope, but that whole process is still something we're learning,” Munchak said.
Linebacker Patrick Bailey, who tweaked his hamstring Wednesday, did not practice Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Linebacker Barrett Ruud remains out with a groin injury, while center Eugene Amano practiced fully after sitting out Wednesday to rest his sore knee.