The Titans were without outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney for a second straight day in practice due to a knee issue.
While an NFL Network report on Thursday indicated that Clowney’s status for Sunday against the Chicago Bears might be in question, Clowney missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday before practicing Friday.
He played his full complement of reps Sunday in a loss at Cincinnati, and outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen said Thursday that it was one of Clowney’s more productive games since joining the Titans. Clowney still does not have any sacks this season, though he got close only to lose Joe Burrow twice on Sunday.
“I think last week was one of his better performances overall. I know he missed a few sacks that he would love to have – and I made sure to tell him about them, but I think he’s becoming more disruptive and I think he’s become a little more comfortable in what we’re asking him to do,” Bowen said.
Tackle Dennis Kelly missed a second straight day to rest his injured knee. Kelly went through a similar practice process as Clowney last week practicing on Friday and playing Sunday.
As expected, wide receiver Adam Humphries, who is in the concussion protocol and punter Brett Kern, who is expected to miss time with a wrist injury, both were out of practice again and are not likely to play Sunday.
Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons was out a second straight day with his ankle injury.
Cornerback Kareem Orr was back and practicing after an illness, while receiver A.J. Brown was given Thursday off to rest his injured knee.
Dane Cruikshank (groin), Daniel Munyer (hand) and Tye Smith (shoulder) all practiced fully for the second straight day.
Bears in hibernation
Because of two positive Covid-19 tests, the Chicago Bears closed their practice facility and are working remotely in their preparation for the Titans.
As of now, there has been no indication that the game might need to be postponed. The Titans had two games moved earlier in the season due to a coronavirus outbreak, and have already had their bye week.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears would be allowed to return to their facility on Friday.
Titan coach Mike Vrabel didn’t want to speculate on the Bears’ situation.
“I don't know. I can't even speculate on what happened, what didn't happen, the reasons for doing it,” Vrabel said. “We're trying to follow the protocols and to make sure that everything is good here. I've seen a lot of these close contacts and other things that we take very seriously. I'm not really sure what the reason is. I don't have any information, so for me to speak on it, I wouldn't want to speculate.”
Tight end Jonnu Smith said the Titans will just keep preparing to play and not worry about any possible postponement, something that would be made more difficult by the Titans having a Thursday game with the Colts next week.
I’ve heard about it, of course. I’m sure the whole football world probably has. We’ve just got to control what we can control and get ready for a game on Sunday. We’ve been through this before, so we know how to prepare. Whatever happens happens, but we’ve just got to get ready for the ballgame, practice and get ready to play.
New long snapper
The Titans signed long snapper Matt Orzech off the Miami Dolphins practice squad to their 53-man roster and received an exemption for him until he can clear the Covid-19 protocols to enter the team facility.
The Titans waived Beau Brinkley on Tuesday and will use Matt Overton, who is on the practice squad this Sunday against Chicago.