The Tennessee Titans got several injured players back on the practice field Thursday, including defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, guard Leroy Harris and cornerback Jason McCourty, all of whom missed Sunday's victory over Dallas with an ankle injury.
Wide receiver Justin Gage (hamstring), receiver Damian Williams (illness) and running back Chris Johnson (day off for soreness) did not practice Thursday. Defensive tackle Tony Brown (knee) continued his routine of not practicing early in the week.
Marks suffered a sprained MCL in a loss to Denver two weeks ago, but practiced for the first time since the injury Thursday. He said he did some running on Wednesday and his right leg passed the test.
“It felt good to at least get out there and get myself on and get some confidence in it for myself. That was my main thing,” Marks said. “I went out there and ran on it yesterday, and it felt pretty good. But to get out and move around on it and go through some plays, it just gave me some confidence within myself that it may be ready.”
Marks indicated that he only did scout team drills, but said that was enough of a test for him to believe the knee is close to be good enough to play on.
“I was [on] scout team, but that was still good enough for me to get in the mix of moving sort of like we're gonna do [in games],” said Marks, who is wearing a protective brace. “If it's not swollen or anything like that, I'll still be able to go out and work on it.
“The MCL keeps your knee from wobbling, and my knee was wobbling. But the doctors tested it out today and it didn't have too much wobble to it.”
As for Harris, who missed last week's win over Dallas with an ankle injury, he said it was good to be back practicing as the Titans ready for a Monday night game against Jacksonville.
“I'm just trying to move forward and get healthy. You really can't do anything. It's something you can't control,” said of the timetable for the injury.
As for how the injury occurred in the loss to Denver, Harris said, “I was on the back side of a play and the pile just kind of got caught up on me, and it trapped my ankle under me.”
McCourty, who broke his forearm against the New York Giants and was scheduled to miss three to four weeks, he was back on the practice field wearing a protective cast on his right arm.
“It was fun to get out there and actually be able to practice. Each day it's getting a lot better and each day I'm getting closer. It's just a matter that I have to keep working and hope that it will continue to heal,” McCourty said. “I'm wearing a little cast so it doesn't get hit or anything like that.”
Also, center Eugene Amano, who left Sunday's game with a stinger in his neck, he was back and practicing fully.
“I'm fine. I got an MRI and it showed that there's nothing really serious,” Amano said. “I feel good and there's no real effects, so I'm ready to go.”
Amano was held out after suffering the stinger due to precautionary measures.
“It was more of a 'what just happened' thing. You kind of have to do a little systems check when you're laying there and going, 'Is is serious?' But the effects wore off and I was fine,” he said. “They mostly held me out for precautionary reasons, just to make sure I didn't do any more damage.”