Delanie Walker's wait is finally over.
The Tennessee Titans activated the veteran tight end from the physically unable to perform list. Walker, who signed a four-year $17.5 million contract in the off-season, had his left knee scoped after suffering an injury in OTA and mini-camp work and was placed on the PUP list after he had not passed his entrance physical.
Walker was limited to 7-on-7 work in his first day back, but could see some team drill action on Tuesday.
“It’s a good start having him off the PUP and having him out here working out doing 7-on-7. He just did individual and 7-on-7 today, and then we’ll ease him in tomorrow with a little bit more team work,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “It’s great to have him working, and having Taylor Thompson back also, so we have two tight ends back.”
The next decision the Titans have to make regarding Walker will be whether to play him in the preseason or not – either Saturday night against Atlanta or at Minnesota in the preseason finale next week.
“We’ll see how he progresses on Wednesday and Thursday to decide if it’s worth him playing at all on Saturday,” Munchak said. “We’ll talk to him about it and kind of see where he’s at and decide as a team what’s the best thing. If he doesn’t play this week, is it worth putting him in this other game with the offense for a couple drives?
“I hope he just progresses where there’s no setbacks that his knee does respond well. If we think he needs to play or he wants to play maybe by Wednesday for this Saturday, or by Thursday, then we’ll do that.”
Several other Titans players were out of practice on Monday, especially at the linebacker position which, has been hit with a rash of injuries.
In addition to Colin McCarthy (hamstring), Greg Jones (ankle) and Zaviar Gooden (ankle), who have all been out for an extended amount of time, the Titans were without Akeem Ayers, who injured his ankle Saturday night.
Weakside linebacker Zach Brown sat out Monday with a sore foot, and middle linebacker Moise Fokou was rested with a sore knee. Scott Solomon, a defensive end who has played some as a rush linebacker, was held out due to concussion symptoms.
Others who missed Monday included receiver Kendall Wright (knee), safety Daimon Stafford (hamstring), fullback Quinn Johnson (hamstring), center Brian Schwenkie (hamstring), receiver Marc Mariani (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (elbow).
Tight end Taylor Thompson (shoulder) was back at practice Monday after missing last week.
Change of plans
The Titans announced a change in plans regarding media availability on Monday.
The team is closing its practices to the media, except for the individual periods at the beginning of practice each day.