Jason Jones had hopes to put his best foot forward in securing a starting defensive tackle position for the Tennessee Titans.
Instead that foot is in a walking boot as Jones is still battling a right foot injury suffered in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
“The foot is coming along good. I don’t know about for this week,” Jones said. “They haven’t told me yet, but it’s feeling a lot better. We’ll see what they have me doing.”
Jones described the injury as either sprain or a bruised bone in his right foot.
“I think it just got stepped on or something like that. It’s either a sprain or a bruised bone in my foot,” he said.
The Titans are counting on the second-year player to help ease the loss of Albert Haynesworth on the defensive line this season, and Jones is eager to return, believing he might be able to get back on the practice field next week.
“It’s nothing that’s serious at all. If it heals quickly, I might be back next week or the following week,” Jones said. “It’s kind of frustrating because I wanted to at least get some reps in preseason, and I still might have that opportunity.”
Jones did discard the walking boot for part of Monday’s practice that he watched from the sideline, but was wearing the boot again in the locker room.
“I was outside just trying it out, and it hurt for a little bit so I just put the boot back on. They’ve got me in there working behind closed doors,” Jones said.
Kenny Britt misunderstood his timetable for getting treatments on his injured ankle, showing up at 4 p.m. rather than 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Britt left Saturday night’s game after the third quarter with an injured right ankle that someone stepped on, and was supposed to have shown up for two treatments, but misunderstood, according to Coach Jeff Fisher, and came only for the second round.
“Treatments yesterday were at 10 and 4 and he thought he just needed to show up at one, so he came in at four,” Fisher said.
Britt said the ankle is still a little sore, but that he is fine and hopes to practice Tuesday morning.
“The foot is doing all right. I should be on the field tomorrow morning during practicing and everything,” Britt said. “It’s a little bit swollen and a little bit sore. I didn’t want to go out there and hurt it even more, so I just took a day off.”
There appears the chance that right tackle David Stewart might not be available this Friday night in Dallas because of swelling in his right knee. Stewart was sporting a brace on the knee as he watched Monday’s work. That is the same knee he had scoped last year in preseason.
Asked how long he might be out of practice, Stewart said, “A little longer. You’ll have to ask coach about that one.”
Stewart said the swelling had been building up in his knee to the point where he could not play last Saturday night against Tampa Bay.
Thus far, there are no plans for Stewart to have the knee scoped again.
“We’re just gonna rest him for a few days and see how he responds,” Fisher said.
Other Titans who missed practice Monday included receiver Chris Davis (hamstring), defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (groin), and linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee).
On the mend
Several Titans players who have missed time were back practicing Monday, at least in limited fashion. Those included safety Nick Schommer (hamstring), nickelback Vincent Fuller (groin), linebacker Colin Allred (ankle), receiver Mark Jones (hamstring), defensive end Jacob Ford (hamstring) and fullback Casey Cramer (shoulder).
The Titans will be the first team to face the Dallas Cowboys in their new stadium, albeit a preseason game.
Still, some players are looking forward to experiencing the monstrosity that is the Cowboys new home field.
“I think it’s cool. Jerry Jones is the P. Diddy of the NFL. Anything he does is pretty much a big deal,” linebacker Keith Bulluck said. “He’s definitely making a big deal about this stadium. You know, P. Diddy, Steinbrenner, take your pick. It’s going to be great to be the first opposing team to go in there and play, so we can give feedback. We’re going to try and get a win in their new stadium.”
The highlight of Monday’s practice was a diving interception by cornerback DeMarcus Faggins in team drills of a Vince Young pass.
Young appeared to have found an open Lavelle Hawkins over the middle, and just before the ball arrived to Hawkins, Faggins appeared out of nowhere, diving and picking the pass off.
The other noteworthy event of practice came on special teams as kicker Rob Bironas, with a strong breeze behind him, attempted a 66-yard field goal at the end of a special teams drill. The kick hit the crossbar and bounced back, barely missing.