The first day in shoulder pads proved to be a bit more physical than the previous two days, and the Tennessee Titans had some bumps and bruises to show for it on Sunday.
The most significant injury appeared to be a right hamstring injury suffered by defensive end Jacob Ford in line drills. Ford is scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. However, Ford didn’t sound overly concerned.
“It’s all right. It’s just a little tight. I strained it a little bit, but it’s nothing major,” Ford said. “I really don’t have a timetable on it. They’ve got to come back tomorrow and do an MRI, and we’ll see.”
Ford wasn’t the only defensive lineman to get nicked, as defensive tackle Tony Brown did not finish practice because of a minor knee injury. Brown knocked knees with guard Eugene Amano in the same period of drills Ford was injured in, and sat out the remainder of practice, though not by choice.
“It’s not serious. I’m just out there on that sand, and it gave a little bit,” Brown said. “They told me to slow and I’m going to listen to what they say do.”
Footing has proven to be an issue as cooler summer temperatures have left sandy, bare spots on part of the practice field where the Bermuda grass has not grown in.
Brown said he expects to practice on Monday.
Elsewhere, the anticipated return of kicker Rob Bironas did not materialize on Sunday. Bironas said he hopes to return Monday from the “mystery ailment” that neither he nor Titans coach Jeff Fisher would disclose.
“We expect him back here soon. I thought he would be back today, but I’m sure he’ll be doing some light kicking tomorrow,” Fisher said.
Bironas said he would try to go Monday.
“There’s just a little tightness and soreness. Other than that, you’ll have to talk to Fisher. You know his policy on injuries,” Bironas said.
Elsewhere, receiver Paul Williams did not finish practice and had ice on his upper left leg. Fisher said his injury was not serious.
Rookie defensive tackle Mitch King also missed practice because of illness, and receiver Mark Jones was out a second straight day with hamstring tightness.
Making a splash
Cornerback Tanard Davis knows he faces an uphill climb to earn a role as a backup defensive back. But Davis, who had an interception Saturday off Patrick Ramsey against Jared Cook, had two more picks on Sunday, both coming off Vince Young.
The first interception came in one-on-one drills, as he beat Chris Davis to the spot where the ball was thrown.
The other one came in team drills as he tracked down an errant throw along the sidelines.
Davis also forced a fumble by rookie receiver Dominique Edison in team drills.
“I’m just trying to stay consistent,” said Davis, who ended last year on the Titans practice squad. “I know what they expect, and basically everything is in my hands. I’ve just got to say consistent and make plays.”
Coach Jeff Fisher has taken notice of Davis’ play.
“He’s making plays. He did some nice things for us in the end, and he’s definitely in the mix,” Fisher said. “We’ll see how he does once we get to the preseason games, because he’s going to get to play a lot.”
The Titans are Davis’ sixth NFL team in four seasons, and he has yet to appear in a regular-season game.
The sons of slain former Titans quarterback Steve McNair, Tyler and Trenton, were on hand to watch Sunday’s practice.
After the session ended, the two youngsters followed Jeff Fisher through the Tennessee locker room.
The first brief round of fisticuffs in training camp took place Sunday as LaJuan Ramsey made his way around Jason Murphy on a pass rush, then took offense to a push from Murphy after the play. The players were separated once, but then Ramsey went back and got another shove or two in before order was restored.