The Titans’ routine of having Tony Brown sit out to rest on Wednesday, as they have done both weeks of the regular season, was extended into Thursday as the veteran defensive tackle watched practice from the side, missing a second consecutive day of work.
Brown insisted that he is not getting “days off” from practice. He spent training camp and most of preseason on the PUP list recovering from a knee injury that required off-season surgery. Brown is listed on Tennessee’s injury report as “coach’s decision” as to why he did not participate in practice, with no mention of the knee. Brown played 42 snaps in last week’s opening win over the Oakland Raiders.
“Y’all need to come out here early and see what I do before everybody else gets out there,” Brown said. “I don’t get a day off. I just don’t practice. I practice before practice, but nobody ever sees that. It just looks like I’m just hanging out.”
So what does the veteran tackle do in the period before practice where he works?
“I go out there with two of the offensive linemen and go through all my stunts and a couple of run blocks and pass blocks,” he said. “That’s really all I really need, and then I come back in and get a lot of conditioning in, and that’s it.”
Brown insists that his knee is 100 percent healthy now, and that getting days off is simply a precaution.
“I’m fine. It’s just something we’re going through right now and they want to make sure I stay that way. I don’t want to mess it up,” he said . “It’s just a precautionary thing. I don’t want anything to happen like bumped knees or anything like that.”
Defensive end William Hayes, who has been bothered by a sprained MCL in his right knee, returned to practice on Thursday and did some work in team drills. Hayes re-injured his knee in last Thursday’s practice and also had some tightness in his back after Wednesday’s individual work.
“There’s a chance I could play, but Coach Fisher could let me sit out this week to have another week to heal up. I will be going when we play the Giants, but there’s a good chance I could be up this week, too,” he said.
Offensive lineman Mike Otto continues to miss time with his injured right knee, which was scoped after the second preseason game.