Thursday morning’s practice was back to normal for the Tennessee Titans after Wednesday’s fracas involving quarterback Vince Young and safety Donnie Nickey.
Nonetheless, it was a tough morning for Young as he was picked off twice in practice, one right into the hands of linebacker Keith Bulluck and one that cornerback Reynaldo Hill took back for what would have been a touchdown.
After Young’s pick by Hill, backup quarterback Kerry Collins entered the team drills with the second unit, and his first pass was high, but Biren Ealy got a hand on it, only to have it batted into the awaiting arms of linebacker Stephen Tulloch.
MISSING IN ACTION
When the Titans were backed up for a period of goal-line work for the offense, those players who were injured an unable to participate in practice got a chance to contribute.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher made them come to the back of the end zone and simulate crowd noise to allow his offense to work on what it is like to hear signals in a visiting stadium.
Among the chorus were defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth, Rien Long, Antonio Johnson and Jesse Mahelona, defensive end Travis LaBoy, receivers Jonathan Orr, Brandon Jones, Roydell Williams and Justin Gage, as well as tight end Jamie Petrowski.
BACK IN ACTION
After taking Wednesday afternoon from contact drills off to nurse his sore shoulder, running back LenDale White was back among team drills this morning. White took some reps with the first unit during the practice.
Also, receiver Joel Filani, who took the brunt of a tough hit over the middle from Nickey on Wednesday, was back on the practice field and participating today.
The Titans had a crew of officials in to oversee today’s practices.
Also, for the morning sessions, Middle Tennessee football coach Rick Stockstill and members of his staff were on hand to view the session.
In what was probably the hottest morning practice of training camp, temperatures reached 92 degrees in the Nashville area. The Titans began practice 45 minutes later than usual, but knocked off about 15 minutes or so short of two hours.